The ACES Database is a resource for ACES Bigs, Littles, and parents to discover future-focused resources
and opportunities from BBBSKC and community partners.
Use the links below to meet your academic, personal, and professional goals.
Academic Support: Young Achievers
The YMCA Young Achievers Program registration is now open. Young Achievers is dedicated to the academic, personal, and career development of teens in grades 7-12th. Young Achievers meets on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month at the UMKC campus. Students receive career workshops, ACT test preparation, college financial planning, resume building, among other opportunities. The registration fee is $100, and financial assistance is available. Lunch is provided each Saturday.
For more information, contact Christopher Madden at 816-360-3379.
MidAmerica Nazarene University is offering a 20% discount on its Organizational Leadership program for Bigs & Littles. This benefit also extends to immediate family members. If interested, contact email@example.com.
The FAFSA window for application opens on October 1st. All high school seniors and college students who will be attending school for the 2019/2020 school year should plan on filling out the FAFSA. It is mandatory as part of enrolling in college and receiving financial aid, grants, and scholarships. The early bird gets the worm….or at least access to more funding! Most states award financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis, and students who file early tend to receive twice as much grant money. You can prepare by gathering the necessary information to file early:
Visit FAFSA.org to create a FAFSA ID right away. Both the student and parent/guardian need to complete this step.
Have your social security number in hand.
Parent/Guardian needs to have their 2018 tax records available.
Have a list of schools that you are interested in attending or have been accepted to as they will receive your information automatically and determine additional aid that you may receive from the school.
We are here to help! We have computers and wi-fi. Talk to your Match Support Specialist if you are interested in visiting the office to work on your application.
Better Money Habits
ACES Bigs, want an interactive tool to talk with your Little about money and finances? Check out Better Money Habits, which is an interactive tool developed by Bank of America with Kahn Academy that can help you mentor your Little about money and finances. The mobile site puts easy-to-understand, unbiased information on a wide range of personal finance topics in the palm of your hand. Through the site, you can also learn about the basics of banking, budgeting, saving and building credit.
The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.
The Shocker City Partnership grants resident tuition rates to students from specific metropolitan areas in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, making the cost of attending Wichita State significantly less than out-of-state tuition. Undergraduate students enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester would save more than $9,200 per year in tuition and fees, compared to nonresident tuition rates. Shocker City Partnership is also available to graduate students.
KFC is now partnering with ACES to offer job opportunities to our students. Applicants must be at least 16 years old age to be a team member and 18 years old to be a manager. Apply online at the link below or text KFCJOBS to 97211 to jump start your next career move! Please email your case manager and Chandra Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org when you apply.
Show Me KC Schools is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help KCMO families make well-informed decisions about their students’ education by providing vital information about the school options available. They’ve grown to offer a variety of programs, including a city-wide school fair and school tours. To learn more about Show Me KC Schools visit the link below. To learn about their new SchoolAppKC for charter school applications, visit www.schoolappkc.org.
Check out the College Coaching Network for resources for college scholarship planning at www.collegecoachingnetwork.com. The CCN offers an ACT tracking system, a college roadmap system, essay writing & scholarship training, and more! Please mention that you are a student enrolled in BBBSKC to receive access to their services for FREE.
MINDDRIVE is accepting applications. MINDDRIVE, which is an ACES partner, has an educational, STEM focused perspective and serves high school students in KC. The after school program uses project-based learning, and focuses on teaching problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration through math, science, technology, innovation and communication.