Below are some local and national early awareness resources:
Council for Opportunity in Education
Seeks to advance and defend the ideal of equal educational opportunity in higher education by providing a voice for low-income and disabled students. It works in conjunction with colleges, universities and agencies that host TRIO programs.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) [www.ed.gov/gearup/]
Created to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The Office of Higher Education administers Get Ready, the state GEAR UP program, and St. Olaf College administers a GEAR UP Partnership grant program.
Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) [www.hfrp.org]
Helps stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families and their communities by working in three areas that support children's learning and development: early childhood education, out-of-school time programming and family and community support in education.
Minnesota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) [www.mafaa.org]
Committed to the principle that no one should be denied access to higher education for financial reasons. The Association sponsors Focus on the Future (fourth through sixth grade) and Kids, Colleges & Careers (eighth grade) to build self-esteem, set goals and explore careers.
Minnesota College Access Network (MCAN) [www.mncollegeaccess.org]
Engages multiple stakeholders to close the college participation gap in an effort to transform and enhance college access programming in the state of Minnesota so that every student has access to higher education.
Minnesota TRiO Association [www.mntrio.org]
Advocates for low-income, first-generation, educationally disadvantaged persons to access and successfully complete postsecondary education.
National College Access Network (NCAN) [www.collegeaccess.org]
Helps state and local college access programs that provide counseling, advice and financial assistance; shares best practices among the network; provides leadership and technical assistance; helps communities create new college access programs; and advocates for public policy in support of the students its programs serve.
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCEP) [www.edpartnerships.org]
Brings together colleges and universities with local schools, government, business and community-based organizations to develop and strengthen broad-based education partnerships and seeks to help improve public K-16 education.
Pathways to College Network [www.pathwaystocollege.net]
Advances college access and success for underserved students, including first generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students, through an alliance of major foundations, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and the U.S. Department of Education.
The Education Resources Institute (TERI) [www.teri.org]
Offers comprehensive programs for individuals and organizations which provide information, guidance and practical help that help underserved individuals achieve their college and other postsecondary educational goals.
U.S. Department of Education [www.ed.gov]
Promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The department provides information on research, statistics and programs that relate to early awareness.