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Local college assistance organization receives help for helping others

By NICOLE PITT

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A local organization that helps potential college students further their education has more means to do so, thanks to a grant from a local company.

On Point for College helps out students ages 17 to 29 through every step of the college process and on Friday, a $25,000 was presented to the organization from First Niagara National Bank.

$10,000 of that will stay right in the City of Utica.

Since the program started locally in November, it has helped out more than 70 students in Utica with things like backpacks and books. However, the help does not stop there. They also help out with dorm deposits, because they don't want someone not to go to college just because they can't afford a dorm deposit.

"Mentoring has a tremendous impact on the lives of young adults," says David Kavney, Central New York Market Executive for First Niagara. "Studies clearly show that mentoring provides significant and tangible changes in students, including better grades, improved school attendance, better behavior, and evidence of a brighter future. Every child deserves to have a positive adult role model in his or her life."

The Utica branch is looking for volunteers to help mentor the students and to help drive them back and forth to college during breaks.

If you are interested, you can give On Point for College a call at 315-731-5875.

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