Edo United Club of Sacramento is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides educational and cultural awareness to high school and college students. We provide scholarships to deserving students by recognizing their academic achievements, leadership skills, demonstration of good citizenship, as well as their involvement in their schools and communities. We also serve as a cultural resource for the study of the Edo-speaking people of West Africa and their rich cultural history.
The purpose of Edo United Club of Sacramento is to promote and enhance the educational, scientific, and cultural awareness of youth in the United States.
The capital of the Edo state is Benin City. The state population is approximately four million people, consisting of three major ethnic groups; namely the Binis, Esan and Afemai. The influx of Edo Indigenes who moved from the San Francisco Bay area to the Sacramento region in the late 1990’s rendered a need for an Association of people from the Edo State of Nigeria. The association, which would soon be called Edo Club of Sacramento, was launched in March of 2001. Since its inception, we have performed various acts of charitable contributions to assist with local education efforts as well as efforts in our home state in Nigeria. We have provided supplies to Toby Johnson Middle School in Sacramento, and we contributed furniture for classrooms at Immaculate Conception College in Edo State, Nigeria. Another project, which has been a major success of Edo United Club of Sacramento, was the borehole project at Ossiomo Specialist Hospital in Edo State. This project helped to provide potable water and facilitate health care treatment to the impoverished community in Edo State. Our current goal is to expand our educational efforts within our local community of Sacramento.
The mission of Edo United Club of Sacramento is critically important in that it helps children and youth who would otherwise have been caught in the vicious circle of violence and gangs. Members of the club serve as role models to at-risk children and youth. The club recognizes outstanding young people who desire to pursue a career in education. Without this assistance, the youth often end up in the criminal justice system, residential care treatment facilities, and juvenile detention centers. For that reason, EUCS intends to provide mentorship and outreach programs that include those that educate students on their options by providing information on colleges, expected costs, financial aid, and application fee waivers. Our advising helps to match the student’s abilities with the options that are available to them, guiding them through the entire college enrollment process. Many of these students would not have adequate guidance without our assistance.
EUCS has embarked on a mission to purchase a youth center to facilitate our commitment to increase outreach to students who are eligible for college/university but at disadvantaged when it comes to advising and mentorship regarding the availabilities of educational resources such as college application and financial aid process.
EUCS currently holds annual award ceremonies to showcase the academic excellence of children and youth to educate high school students about the importance of attending a college or university. EUCS intends to expand its efforts by increasing outreach services to reach a higher number of low-income high school students. Low-income students have less access to college advising and preparation, undermining their college access and success. On average, high schools serving “predominantly low income and minority students have 1,000 students for every counselor. This is compared to a national average of 470 students per counselor in moderate to high income school districts. The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of 250 students per counselor. Students from wealthy backgrounds also have access to SAT prep and admissions expertise, which costs thousands of dollars.”
According to the Independent Educational Consultant Association, 22% of students applying to competitive colleges received individualized counseling beyond what is offered by their high school counselors. These students are likely to have higher grades, higher SAT scores, and come from families with higher incomes.” Additionally, low-income, first generation, and minority students generally lack the support needed to determine how to apply for financial aid.
Education economists and advocates have raised concerns over the need to simplify the financial aid application process through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form required to qualify for Pell Grants and other federal financial aid. Many states and institutions use the FAFSA to determine aid packages as well. The Obama Administration has taken steps to make the FAFSA process easier and more efficient. Nevertheless, low-income students who fail to complete the FAFSA miss out on financial aid for which they are eligible by failing to complete the. Through EUCS outreach and mentorship programs, we will able to reach out to parents and family members to provide financial aid and educational resource information to encourage low-income students through the entire college process: to apply, enroll, and succeed in college. Likewise, the outreach services will include distributing content that inspires high school students to advanced academic achievement, guides them through the steps they will need to take, and highlights the resources already available nationally and in their communities.
Edo United Club of Sacramento was created to foster the growth and development of children and youth through educational awareness. To fulfill our goals and objectives, we provide mentoring opportunities to children and youth and provide financial support through scholarships and recognition of academic excellence.
Increasing college attendance and graduation rates for low-income students is the principal goal of EUCS’s project. Purchasing a youth center will enable EUCS to fulfill the goals and commitments to increase college/university enrollment and improve completion rates for low income high school and college students thereby promoting educational, social, and economic and community development for children and youth. The mentorship and outreach services will include:
- Expanding existing scholarships or creating new scholarship programs for low-income students
- Providing more opportunities for low-income students to visit campus or engage with alumni
- Promoting completion through peer bonding by creating groups of disadvantaged students to support one another
- Creating summer and/or winter session programs that provide additional advising to low-income students.
- Partnering with local high schools to create programs that span high school and provide a guarantee of admission to college with financial support upon program completion.
- By providing mentorship and outreach services, EUCS will be able to help provide resources regarding several steps that students need to take in order to enroll and succeed in college.