Fordham Bedford Community Services is committed to serving the youth in the community by providing an array of programs designed for positive development. F.B.C.S. seeks to support young people, and their education, through college access programs. We recognize that individuals can change the trajectory of their lives, through education and an advanced degree. We work with teens in supporting their preparation for college through these programs. We work with students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades through a series of courses. All of these programs are coordinated in collaboration with New York Cares.
Sophomore Skills Program (for 10th graders)
This program is the newest addition to the college preparation programs. This program is designed to be a pre-cursor to the S.A.T. Program. This course meets in the spring semester of the 10th grade to focus on one content area of the S.A.T. Exam. Through weekly classes, students are exposed to the types of questions in this content area. Additional tutoring is also provided to prepare students in these areas. Students that successfully complete this course area automatically invited to take the S.A.T. course. Similarly, students must apply for this program and provide both a recommendation and a copy of their most recent report card. Students will also come for an interview so that the program staff can meet prospective students, before making a final decision on acceptance.
Fordham Bedford Community Services is currently accepting applications for our Sophomore Skills Course. This free course is for 10th Graders and is offered at our office on Bainbridge Avenue.
Please share with any students that may be interested. Students should:
• have an economic need to take a free course
• live within the community or vicinity (courses are offered in the evening)
• have a solid academic foundation and motivation to do the course work
• consistent attendance at their current school
• submit a copy of their most recent report card with the application before February 10, 2017.
Please contact Rich Himed or I if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for sharing with your students.
S.A.T. Program (for 11th graders)
In partnership with New York Cares and Kaplan, FBCS offers an S.A.T. preparation course designed to help high school juniors prepare for the exam. The classes are offered from October through early May from 6:30- 8:30 p.m once a week. Students work in small groups with 2-3 students, per tutor, to study Kaplan course materials. Students also take 4 full length practice exams to evaluate progress.
Because of the high demand this program generates, it is on an application basis. Applicants must submit a recommendation, a copy of last year’s report card, and undergo an interview process.
Students MUST demonstrate a commitment to the year- long program, be able to attend workshops, and take all 4 practice exams. Allowable absences from the class are limited and should be substantiated by a doctor or parent. Students interested in applying must assume the responsibilities of this course while maintaining their grades.
College Preparation Program (for 12th graders)
This program is a continuation of the S.A.T. Program. F.B.C.S. continues to work with students in the 12th grade, upon successful completion of the S.A.T. course. In partnership with New York Cares, students meet with FBCS staff and New York Cares volunteers to:
• Determine the appropriate target, reach and safety schools to apply to
• Edit essays
• Complete the college applications and supplemental forms
• Request recommendations
• Apply for scholarships and other need/merit based programs
• Attend workshops for students and their families to better understand the financial aid process
• Receive assistance in filing the FAFSA
• Attend workshops for parents to review their financial aid packages and ensure that they can make an informed decision based on both finances and the best fit for the student
In addition to these services, families that meet income guidelines can receive free tax preparation so that their income taxes are readily available to file the FAFSA application. Families can also receive referrals to work with a financial coach to review their budget and
financial plan to pay for college.
If you are interested in applying, please complete the application online and mail to:
Fordham Bedford Community Services
Attention: Roxanna Chowdhry-Velasquez
2715 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, New York 10458
Individuals may also call the office (718) 733-2557 ext 1416
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org