College Success Arizona
Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce partner, College Success Arizona, provides a unique combination of scholarships and mentoring that increase college graduation rates among low-income and first-generation students across the state. CSA does this by providing a wide range of support services, building partnerships with college access programs and scholarship programs, raising the awareness of the importance of college completion, and through the support of more than 200 college access and success organizations throughout the state.
College Success Arizona Statistics, as of 9/1/17
- Students Currently in Program: 840
- Total Students Awarded to Date: 1,287
- Value of Services Provided and Scholarship Dollars Distributed: $16.7 million
- Graduates Produced: 381
- 6 year Graduation Rate: 67%
- Freshman Retention Rate: 89%
- Overall Retention Rate: 72%
- First Generation College Students: 70%
The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with College Success Arizona.
Aspiring Youth Academy
Aspiring Youth Academy is dedicated to developing young entrepreneurs by delivering entrepreneur and leadership skills to Arizona Middle and High School Aged Youth through weekend programs, Spring Break entrepreneurship camps and business launch after-school virtual programs, regardless of any student's ability to pay.
More than half of Arizona children (51%) live-in low-income families and nearly half (48%) of their parents do not have full time employment. Our mission is to end the cycle of poverty for Arizona families by cultivating the entrepreneurial spirit in Arizona youth. By providing entrepreneurship, leadership training and strong community connections and mentorship, our students have a far greater opportunity for success. In turn, their children and families will be better positioned to not only be successful but help others in their community to achieve similar levels of success.
In partnership with the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team of experts and sponsors, we now offer a robust series of educational and growth experiences to match every student’s level of interest and ability. We believe that we believe that entrepreneurship is not a skill, but a mindset. One that requires creativity, collaboration, and innovation. We teach that anyone can learn how to be start a business but bringing out the qualities of entrepreneurship increases capacity to create solutions, build relationships, increase creativity and persistence towards meaningful goals, whether you're a student, business owner, musician, coder, doctor or social worker.
Students who attend Aspiring Youth Academy programs, nearly 800 to date, learn skills ranging from business planning to critical thinking to peer leadership, all while maintaining a focus on giving back to their community. Just as important, students discover their own personal strengths and will bring those forward for greater confidence that spills over into all areas of life. Social entrepreneurship is at the core of everything we teach. In fact, we offer seed funding, mentorship, and services to help bring our students' most promising social ventures to fruition.
While our greater goal is to help end poverty for Arizona families, it's important to note that our students do not come exclusively from low-income households. We strive for socioeconomic, racial and gender balance in our programs. We believe that our students will learn as much from each other as they do from us. Having experience in working together and solving problems with people who are unlike themselves will help setup any student for long term success.