October 2017
YOUR DREAM. OUR PROMISE.
In Their Own Words


Testimonials from students: 

W hen Emma found out she was accepted to UW-Eau Claire, she was so excited to tell her Future Center Advisor Hayley Moe. 

"I was so proud to share that with her right away.  She has done so much for me in helping me get to this point.  She has definitely instilled more confidence in me. She has prepared me by making sure my emails were professional when I was applying for jobs and for college. That's a big deal."
 
Emma encourages other students
to visit the Future Center early and often. 
 
"It's really important to get these things done and not be afraid. I don't know if I could have done all of this on my own."

-Emma
Central High School, Class of 2017
Attending University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Future Center Fall Events Wrap-up


Career Lunch & Learns
News 19 Anchorwoman Heather Armstrong,(above), talked to students about the ins-and-outs of a car eer in broadcast journalism. In November, Chris Roderique of Piggy's Restaurant will speak to the students about a career as a chef and as a restaurant owner. Social worker Isaac Hoffman is our speaker for December.

Campus Visits
Campus Visit to University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

On October 17, our group of 53 got to experience a beautiful fall day at the University of Minnesota, as we toured the key places on campus. 

 
  

More events:
Gear Up for College 
About 40 students and parents attended to learn all about of the college application process and what steps need to be completed during the student's junior and senior years in high school.

Essay Writing Workshop
We partnered with UW Colleges and had a v ery lively speaker discussing an aspect of college and scholarship applications that is often a stressful task. Students were given simple, easy tips to make their essays shine.

Aquinas Financial Aid Night

About 50 students and parents came to Aquinas High School to hear about the FAFSA application and financial aid options for senior students. Future Center Advisors walked them step-by-step through the FAFSA while incorporating essential information families need to know. One parent thanked the advisors and stated, "Thank you! Fantastic job. You took a topic that is not normally fun to learn about and made it entertaining. You even had a few of us laughing in the back!"

Coming up!


Campus Visit to Luther College
Monday, October 30 
7 a.m. departure.

All campus tours are free. Lunch is $10, which is refundable to students on free and reduced lunch.  See your Future Center Advisor to sign up.
Future Centers

What's your dream? We are here to help you achieve it!
Our Future Centers: 

* Assist in discovering opportunities in careers that are sustainable and rewarding.

* Connect you with info and resources to identify your ideal post-high school options.

* Explain financial aid and help you with the application process.

* Help you locate scholarships.

* Provide you with guidance with college selection, applications, and more!
Students and Parents! 
It's Never too Early...

TO CREATE YOUR FSA ID

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.  They help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds  each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. 

To apply for your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you must first create a FSA ID.

Visit www.lacrossepromise.org/future-centers for more information.

La Crosse Promise Neighborhood Program


From Distressed to Desirable
As La Crosse Promise's Neighborhood Revitalization program 
wraps up its second year, the impact of the program, along with efforts of the City, the County, area non-profits and many others in the community, has created the effect of transforming our targeted neighborhoods from "distressed" to "desirable." 

This was the condemned property at 943 Farnam. The new replacement home (top photo) will have 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is listed for sale for $180,000 through Wied Investments. For more information, see "Current Homes Available" link below.
Five new Promise homes are complete and owner occupied and four more family homes will be complete by December. In addition, four more homes are being built by local builders on 6th Street and on Farnam. All of these properties were recently approved for scholarship eligibility and are for sale.

"Walking the streets in Washburn and Powell-Poage-Hamilton just a few years after the Promise program launched, you can witness the transformation," said La Crosse Promise Executive Director Brian Liesinger. "It's a testament to the strength of these neighborhoods to see a diverse group of people moving in to the neighborhood -- both from the region and from out of state." 


Another home in the Powell Poage Hamilton neighborhood that will be replaced with a new home that comes with a Promise scholarship! 


The La Crosse Promise scholarship program has been made possible by generous donors. Our placed-based scholarship program is the only one in the country that offers scholarships to residents who build, buy or renovate homes in select neighborhoods.  Dependent children qualify if they graduate from high school in the School District of La Crosse. Adult learners also qualify for the scholarship if they are the legal owners of the home and live in the home at least one year. 

Thank you to Associated Bank and People's Food Coop for Recent Gifts!

La Crosse Promise recently received generous donations from the community.  People's Food Coop presented us with a check with funds raised from their "Beans for Bags" program. Customers who brought in their own bags were given the option to donate to one of three charities.

In addition, Associated Bank once again made a donation of $2500 to support our programs.

Thank you for your support!


Member Services Manager Linda Riddle presented La Crosse Promise Executive Director Brian Liesinger with a gift of $388 raised from the People's Food Coop Beans for Bags program.

Community Events
La Crosse Promise was represented at several recent community events including the Altra Homebuyer's Open House in September and the Cameron Park Farmer's Market on October 6th (below).

More community events: Coulee Bank Homebuyer's Event on October 24.
 Current Homes and Lots Available

Home design for 921 Farnam.

Build or buy your dream home and receive up to $50,000 in scholarships.

Home Designs Available


The La Crosse Promise Neighborhood Program Home Design Catalog is available to help La Crosse Promise families in planning their new homes.  View some of the plans in this booklet  available here.
ABOUT US

La Crosse Promise is a non-profit agency promoting education and neighborhood revitalization. We offer homeowners up to $50,000 in scholarships and assist high school students to help them realize   their dreams for the future! 

608.789.2049 or 608.792.1137
   
Matt Gordy,  
Logan High School:
608.789.7034

Hayley Moe, 
Central High School: 
608.789.2054



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The mission of La Crosse Promise is to be a  catalyst for community revitalization through education.