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ACES Database

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

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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.

Greater KC Community Foundation Scholarship Database

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Looking for scholarship opportunties? The Greater KC Community Foundation Scholarship Database lists a variety of scholarships for students of all ages.

ACT Prep Class

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Does your Little need support in preparing for the ACT? BBBS is offering an ACT Prep Class with Urban League at a discounted rate for BBBS Littles. Here are some things to note:

-A student or family is responsible for paying $10 for their portion of the class (BBBS will cover the rest of the cost)

-A student must share their score with BBBS after taking the test

Additional information and class dates can be found at the link below. If interested, please contact your Match Support Specialist for dates and to sign up.

Kansas Works

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For students in Kansas: Whether you're looking for that perfect job, that perfect employee or information on an industry or workforce, KANSASWORKS is for you.

Visit the Kansas Works website below for more information.

For 16-24 year olds in Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties, click here.

Scholarship Junkies

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Visit Scholarship Junkies for support in applying for scholarships.

Scholarship 360

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Visit Scholarship 360 for support in applying for scholarships.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

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TMCF awards nearly 500 scholarships a year to high-achieving students. Visit the link below for current scholarship information.

MNU Organizational Leadership Program

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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 pgadmissions@mnu.edu.

FAFSA Time

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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:

  1. Visit FAFSA.org to create a FAFSA ID right away. Both the student and parent/guardian need to complete this step.
  2. Have your social security number in hand.
  3. Parent/Guardian needs to have their 2018 tax records available.
  4. 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

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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.

Baker Builds Achievers

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Baker University has formed an educational partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City!

  • Volunteers are offered a 15% tuition discount on School of Professional and Graduate Studies and School of Education bachelor’s and master’s degree programs
  • Littles are offered a $2,000 annual scholarship on College of Arts and Sciences degree programs at our traditional campus in Baldwin City

For more information, call or text 913-270-1307. Students and Bigs, if you plan to take advantage of this scholarship/tuition discount, please email Chandra Clark at chandra@bbbskc.org.

How to Create Your Resume

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Need to create a resume for a job? Check out this website — it'll walk you through each step of the resume building process!

College Board

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Visit College Board for college access information.

Preparing for the ACT Test

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Check out this ACT Study Guide!

Scholly

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Visit Scholly for support in applying for scholarships.

Cook College Scholarship Program

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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.

Wichita State University Tuition Discount

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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.

Cosentino's

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Cosentino’s is hiring! Applicants must be at least 16 years old. Apply online or by phone at 1-844-500-0933.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is Hiring!

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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 chandra@bbbskc.org when you apply.

Show Me Schools KC

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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.

College Coaching Network

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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.

 

MINDRIVE

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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.

ACES Partners Hiring

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Here is a full list of ACES Partners that are currently hiring:

QuikTrip: Click here »

AMC: Click here »

Worlds of Fun: Click here »

McDonald’s: Click here »

KC Zoo: Click here »

Waffle House: Click here »

Hampton Inn and Suites (Plaza Location): E-mail Chandra if interested at chandra@bbbskc.org.

Panera: Click here »

ACES students, if you apply to one of our ACES Partners, please email Chandra Clark at chandra@bbbskc.org!

MidAmerica Nazarene University

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MNU offers a 20% discount for the Organizational Leadership degree program and a 10% discount on all other degree programs.

Full Employment Council

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The Full Employment council offers various services to assist youth with job preparedness and placement. The FEC offers the following services:

-Connects youth ages 16-24 to in-demand training and employment opportunities

-Hi-set completion assistance

-Financial assistance for rewarding career training in IT, Healthcare, Advanced Manufacturing, Business & Finance, Transportation and Logistics, Warehouse, and Construction

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