Since 2012, participants in the Future Learning Years Program (FLY) (formerly the College Aspirations program) at UNE have worked to increase aspirations among low income youth and to support at-risk students who are interested in pursuing higher education, military and work force paths.
College Aspirations mentors from UNE have supported middle and high school students who are in the varying stages of their future aspirations. This includes helping the students investigate their interests, researching the best course of action including military, trade schools and college, and helping students who are in the process of completing their college applications. At the middle school level, students are given presentations from professionals in various fields and answer questions the students have. At the high school level, UNE students help guide the mentees through the process of applying for college, financial aid and college life. OCCE also offers college tours that are tailored towards low-income and first-generation students who are considering college as an option.
Moving forward, the focus of this program will be to pair College Community Mentoring Program mentors with individual middle school and high school students who need extra support with academics and college/work preparation.
FLY Service Sites
- Loranger Middle School
- Old Orchard Beach High School
- Biddeford High School
- Middle School of the Kennebunks
- Saco Middle School