TKU College Access Program
The TKU College Access Program provides a supportive environment for students who learn differently to explore college options and build college readiness skills. This program is designed for students aged 14-21 who are not currently applying to or enrolled in college. Topics to be discussed include: college experience expectations, identity development, social skills, and self-advocacy. Program content will be influenced by needs, interests, and concerns expressed by students.
Please note that because disability and self-advocacy will be openly discussed, applicants should have an awareness of their specific strengths and challenges.
There will be two student cohorts, each meeting one semester at 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn NY 11201. The first cohort will meet October - December, and the second will meet February - April. Students are expected to attend all sessions during their specific semester. The program will meet select Friday evenings and include one college site visit. Dinner will be served at all sessions. Please see specific program dates below.
There is a $250 fee for this program to be paid at the time of acceptance. Need-based financial aid is available.
If you have any questions about this application or program, please email
-be between 14-21 years old
-not currently be applying to or enrolled in college
-complete and submit this application
All dates are Fridays, 5:00 - 7:30PM
FALL 2019 COHORT
Session 1: 10/18/19
Session 2: 11/1/19
Session 3: 11/8/19
Session 4: 11/15/19
Session 5: 11/22/19
Make Up Date: 12/6/19
SPRING 2020 COHORT
Session 1: 2/28/20
Session 2: 3/6/20
Session 3: 3/13/20
Session 4: 3/20/20
Session 5: 3/27/20
Makeup Date: 5/8/20
College Site Visit: 4/3/20 (both cohorts)
College Financial Planning Workshop for Guardians: 3/27/20 (both cohorts)
IMPORTANT DATES - Fall 2019 Cohort
Applications Close for Fall 2019: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 at 5:00PM
Notification Date for Fall 2019: Candidates will hear from us by Friday, October, 11 2019 at 7:00PM at the latest
First Day of Fall 2019 Cohort Session: Friday, October 18, 2019
IMPORTANT DATES - Spring 2020 Cohort:
Applications Close for Spring 2020: Friday, February 14th, 2020 at 5:00PM
Notification Date for Spring 2020: Candidates will hear from us by Friday, February, 21 2020 at 7:00PM at the latest
First Day of Spring 2020 Cohort Session: Friday, February 28, 2020
Please complete the "Applicant Information" section with a parent or guardian, and complete the "Motivation and Experience" section independently or with appropriate supports.
To begin the application, press NEXT.
Please complete this section with a parent or guardian.
Applicant Email Address
Applicant Phone Number
Parent or Guardian Name
Parent or Guardian Email Address
Parent or Guardian Phone Number
Travel Preferences (to be completed by guardians)
This student is permitted to leave the program on their own.
This student will be picked up at the end of program sessions by a guardian.
Please enter the name of the school the applicant is currently attending or most recently attended.
Current Education Status
Please check off the credentials you currently have:
Currently attending high school
Graduated from high school with a diploma
Graduated from high school with a CDOS (Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential or SACC (Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential)
Passed the GED
Are you a student who learns differently? Please indicate which applies to you below.
Ask a parent/guardian if you are not sure.
I have an IEP (individualized education plan).
I have a 504 plan.
I go to a private school.
I am in a 12:1:1 or 12:2:2 classroom (or a similar ratio of students to teachers).
I am in an ASD Nest program at a public school.
I see a therapist (occupational, speech, reading, social worker).
I receive additional supports at school such as a paraprofessional or SEIT (special education itinerant teacher).
Do you have any allergies or dietary restrictions?
If so, please describe below. If not, answer "N/A"
What helps you feel supported in a learning environment?
Please share any strategies you would like us to know about.
Date of Birth
The TKU College Access program meets at 370 Jay Street in Brooklyn on select Friday evenings from 5:00-7:30PM in two cohorts (exact dates listed above). Participants are expected to attend all sessions in entirety. Please list any program dates that you know you will be unavailable for your preferred cohort session below.
Motivation and Experience
Please complete this section independently or with appropriate supports.
Why are you interested in being in this program?
Have you taken any steps already to prepare for college? Please select any steps or activities you have engaged in:
Looked up colleges online
Looked at a college application
Done research about going to or applying to college (read a book, watched a video, etc.)
Met with a college counselor
Visited a college campus
Created a resume
Thought about what you might like to study
Talked with a trusted adult about college options
Thought about whether college is right for me
Which of these topics would you like to learn about?
How to navigate a college admissions website
How to choose a college that is right for you
How to choose a program/course of study that is right for you
How to manage emotions when you're feeling stressed
Identifying supportive people and allies in a new environment
Problem solving and decision making
Self-Advocacy: how to obtain accommodations
Self-Advocacy: what accommodations are available
Social skills: how to interact with roommates, classmates
How to talk to a professor or advisor
Time management: balancing school work and social/recreational time
Task management: calendars, reminders, routines
Understanding social boundaries: code of conduct and social codes
What to expect about the college experience (academic, social, independence)
Are you currently a TKU student? If so, approximately how many workshops have you attended?
Yes, I am a TKU student. I have attended 0-4 workshops.
Yes, I am a TKU student. I have attended 4-8 workshops.
Yes, I am a TKU student. I have attended 8-12 workshops.
Yes, I am a TKU student. I have attended 12+ workshops.
Yes, I have been a TKU student in the past.
No, I am not currently a TKU student.
Do you accept the expectations described above?
Yes, I accept the expectations described above.
No, I do not accept the expectations described above.
Is there anything else you would like to say?
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