MORE THAN 150 AVID/TOPS STUDENTS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO ATTEND COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE U.S.

Madison, WI – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County, in partnership with Madison Metropolitan School District, is thrilled to announce that 100% of current AVID/TOPS senior class students will graduate from high school this semester and attend college in the fall. These students have secured more than $1.6M in scholarships to support their college plans. On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the Mitby Theater at Madison College Truax Campus, the students along with family members, educators, and special guests will celebrate this special achievement with a College Decision Day program beginning at 7:00 PM. Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes will provide closing remarks.

“College Decision Day is an incredible event where we are able to recognize and celebrate the achievements of our graduating AVID/TOPS students. This event allows students to share and be proud of what they have achieved. Each and every one of these students has worked very hard, and we are excited to use this night to highlight their accomplishments,” said Michael Johnson, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County.

The scholars attend La Follette, Memorial, East or West High Schools and are part of the AVID/TOPS program. AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system that includes an elective course focused on organizational strategies, study skills, critical thinking, tutorial support, and career and college awareness. AVID is partnered with the TOPS (Teens of Promise) program through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County. TOPS provides full-time student coordinators in each of the four MMSD high schools, summer internships, after-school mentors, funding for more 100 tutors during the elective course, and a variety of college and career field trips. The program began in 2007 at East High School with 28 students and now serves nearly 900 students annually.

“Congratulations to our AVID seniors! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished and the future you have ahead as you graduate from MMSD,” Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said, “We are so grateful to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County and to our MMSD AVID staff for this wonderful program.”

ABOUT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF DANE COUNTY

We are a local not-for-profit youth development organization serving over 7,500 youths in ten locations, including eight school-based sites and two traditional Club sites. The Clubs fuel kids with the inspiration to dream and teach them the skills to achieve when they’re most impressionable through quality programs in five core areas: Character & Leadership Development; Education & Career Development; Health & Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness & Recreation. See the impact we make in the life of each Club member here: www.bgcdc.org