On point for college is focused on helping those, particularly in the African American community, with something people in that community say they desperately need.
Better access to a good education. And the resources needed for a brighter future.
Because, as the saying goes: a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
“Education is the key to pretty much everything for a person to bring themselves up to a higher level," said African American Wayde Brown.
There are multiple benefits to better education.
“If we're properly educated there would be no need for us to commit crime. We would know how to actually do for ourselves," said Brown.
Community activists say that the problem of education can be generational.
“There are people who've had really bad educations who have children who've had really bad educations and can’t help their children with any kind of improved education," said CEO of The Good Incorporated Cassandra Harris-Lockwood.
Which she says leads to an overall down grading of Utica.
“we’re kind of on the verge of being a third world nation right here in Utica," said Harris-Lockwood.
And that’s where on point for college comes in to play. They make colleges, like MVCC, more accessible to first generation college students, but it’s not just for college. They also help place people with certificate programs like construction that will help them get a job.
“Before you know it we want the whole community with degrees or at least a certificate or something, so they can have a better life for them and their children," said On Point For College assistant program director Frank Drayton.
Some students see on point for college as a guiding light for an area in darkness
"I see a lot of violence around here, so when I look at it I look and think 'that is never going to be me.' I’m going to be able to do something. I'm gonna make something out of myself. "
On point for college is not just for African Americans.
They don’t turn anyone away who is looking to get an education.
If you're interested in what on point for college is doing they're holding an open house next Monday from 3 P.M. to 4 P.M. at their office at 500 Plant St.