$270,000 over 32 months to support the Young Scholars College Immersion Program, a partnership between Manhattan College & Kingsbridge Heights Community Center. This program aims to demystify the college experience and help high school students gain admission to an institution of higher learning, providing year-round mentoring and enrichment to assist motivated but disadvantaged students. Ninth and tenth graders will engage in workshops at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center focused on writing and study skills. Youth in tenth grade and up can earn an invitation to apply for the centerpiece of the partnership, the Summer Literacy Institute. This intensive one-week experience involves staying the residence halls, attending workshops and simulated university-level classes, taking exams, and learning about the university social and learning environment.