YORK, PA (September 5, 2019) — YWCA York and York College of Pennsylvania are collaborating to benefit the YW’s Quantum Opportunities Program (QOP) and to engage York College students and staff in the Program’s important work.
QOP employs an intensive academic support model for economically disadvantaged high school students who reside in the City of York and encourages youth to develop personally and participate in community service initiatives. The program focuses on grade improvement, high school graduation and advancement in postsecondary education or training. Under the direction of Mike Smith, nearly 100 percent of QOP graduates have enrolled in college over the past ten years.
“This collaboration is a true testament to both organizations’ mission statements,” Smith said. It’s this type of forward thinking that will give York City students the quantum opportunities available in obtaining a more secure future for generations to come.”
York College of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), 59 East Market Street, will be the new home for the QOP after-school program. Students will meet at the CCE Monday through Thursday to participate in the program curriculum. In addition, QOP students will have regular access to the York College campus for cultural activities, presentations and other college offerings. York College student volunteers will assist with tutoring and SAT prep for QOP students.
“This effort fits closely the mission of the CCE and our focus upon ‘Generating Hope’ for our undeserved populations,” said Dean DelliCarpini. “We are committed to making the College a true stakeholder in efforts that benefit York’s residents. This partnership will also allow us to offer to our students opportunities to learn from community leaders like Mike Smith and to become better citizens themselves.”
The purpose of this collaboration is to serve the missions of both organizations, which intersects in developing greater and richer opportunities for the young people of York and for York College students and employees to learn from a proven and well-established program. York College has also committed to performing research on the ways in which programs like QOP can bring about positive change.
ABOUT YWCA York
YWCA York is a nonprofit organization with the mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Chartered in 1891, YWCA York has a long and rich history of creating opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power through a common vision: peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 28,000 people are served each year through the programs and services offered throughout York County. Worldwide, the YWCA impacts more than 25 million people in over 120 countries. For information about the YWCA York, visit www.ywcayork.org
ABOUT THE YORK COLLEGE CENTER FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The York College Center for Community Engagement’s mission is to make the College a true community stakeholder, lending its intellectual and human resources to efforts that benefit both our students and our local environs. From our two downtown York locations (the Center for Community Engagement and Marketview Arts), we coordinate student efforts in community-based learning, convene meetings of local partners, and offer cultural enrichment activities. Our Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy and our Institute for Social Healing conduct research on behalf of the College and our agencies to enrich the data needed to create a more equitable region.