TOPS College Success

Who We Are

The Teens of Promise (TOPS) College Success Program (initially called College Continuation) was founded in 2011 by Mary Burke, Jamie Lee Manning, and Michael Johnson.

The TOPS College Success Program is a college program that provides additional support services for students who were in the AVID/TOPS Program in the Madison Metropolitan School District (Wisconsin) and is a part of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. Please contact Trevor at twirth@bgcdc.org if you have any questions.

Our Services

Our services are primarily through our college success coaches. Upon graduation from the AVID/TOPS program in the high schools, our program assigns a college success coach to our students to follow them through their undergraduate journey and afterward. Coaches support our students in areas of:

  • Student services such as connections to campus resources, coach check-ins to monitor progress, overcoming college roadblocks, and peer support.
  • FAFSA assistance, understanding financial aid, and finding funding such as scholarships; internship and job-shadowing opportunities; provide emergency funding and supplies.
  • Educational and social events for our students that provide beneficial information, a safe fun environment, and to give our students supplies such as gift cards.

Quick Facts

  • We currently serve over 900 students.
  • We have over 150 college graduates from our program.
  • Many of our students are students of color, underrepresented on college campuses, and are first-generation college students.
  • Our current students are attending 150 different institutions all over the U.S.

Donate Funding and Supplies

One of the biggest challenges for our scholars in completing a college degree is affording college. Our scholars are always looking for financial support and scholarships. Consider donating funding for scholarships for our scholars or donating gift cards (Target, Amazon, etc.) and school supplies. Please contact Trevor at twirth@bgcdc.org if you are interested in learning more or want to donate to us.

Collaborate With Us or Sponsor Our Events

The TOPS College Success team is always looking for ways to better serve our students. A great way to reach our students is to host events and we try to have a variety of them. Educational and social events are in demand and we would love to collaborate to make these events happen! Please contact Trevor at twirth@bgcdc.org if you are interested in learning more about how you or your organization can collaborate or sponsor our events.