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What We Do

Families to College cultivates family bonds and improves academic and employment success in Cumberland County through a comprehensive whole-family mentoring program.

Our Mission

Families to College cultivates family bonds and improves academic and employment success in Cumberland County through a comprehensive whole-family mentoring program.

 

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Our Approach

Each family will be connected with a mentor who is a professional in the community to develop and carry out an action plan to meet their individual and family goals.

 

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Our Goals

Strengthen the family unit

Provide opportunities to discover career pathways

Support college degree attainment

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What’s Happening?

Spill the Tea

Social distancing shouldn’t mean social isolation. Let’s connect and check-in with each other. Join FTC for our weekly Spill the Tea, led by our AmeriCorps coaches every Friday at 3:00 PM starting...

Business & Entrepreneurship Course

Want to learn the basics of starting a business? Have an idea that you think people will want to be a part of? Join FTC for a Business & Entrepreneurship Course with Jocovi Lindsey! Course...

Homework Help

Need some help with your schoolwork while social distancing? Families to College is here to help! Our coaches are available for on-demand assistance. Follow this link to join the FTC Slack Workspace...

Por Los Frutos De Tus Manos

Friday, May 10, 2019 5:30-8:30 pm Join us for a bilingual family concert! Latin American Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artist and award-winning Musician and Songwriter Suni Paz performs Por Los...

Improv Workshop

Friday, May 3, 2019 5:00-7:00 pm “Whose line is it, anyway!?” Join us for a night of improv at our beautiful theatre! Learn to improvise from a real actor, get onstage, and perform with family and...

College Prep Checklist

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:00-7:30pm Bring your family to this FREE college, career, and financial aid workshop hosted by a Cumberland County College representative! We’ll host a Q&A about the...

Slam Poetry Night

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:00-7:00 pm Celebrate National Poetry Writing Month with Families To College! Learn about Slam Poetry from an expert, and recite your original poem in our theatre! All...

Bridgeton’s Got Talent!

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm Do YOU have what it takes to be Bridgeton's next star? Perform with family and friends at FTC's theatre - dance, poetry, music, and more! Group acts...

FTC Open House

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm Join us for an exciting and informational event! Paint with professional Appel Farm teaching artists, tour the Campus Center and STEAM Works, meet &...

Upcoming College Open Houses!

We hope your family will visit these colleges! An Open House us a great way to learn about a college or university, and everything the school has to offer your family! Let us know if you are...

Business & Entrepreneurship Course

Want to learn the basics of starting a business? Have an idea that you think people will want to be a part of? Join FTC for a Business & Entrepreneurship Course with Jocovi Lindsey! Course...

Homework Help

Need some help with your schoolwork while social distancing? Families to College is here to help! Our coaches are available for on-demand assistance. Follow this link to join the FTC Slack Workspace...

Por Los Frutos De Tus Manos

Friday, May 10, 2019 5:30-8:30 pm Join us for a bilingual family concert! Latin American Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artist and award-winning Musician and Songwriter Suni Paz performs Por Los...

Improv Workshop

Friday, May 3, 2019 5:00-7:00 pm “Whose line is it, anyway!?” Join us for a night of improv at our beautiful theatre! Learn to improvise from a real actor, get onstage, and perform with family and...

College Prep Checklist

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:00-7:30pm Bring your family to this FREE college, career, and financial aid workshop hosted by a Cumberland County College representative! We’ll host a Q&A about the...

Slam Poetry Night

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:00-7:00 pm Celebrate National Poetry Writing Month with Families To College! Learn about Slam Poetry from an expert, and recite your original poem in our theatre! All...

Bridgeton’s Got Talent!

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm Do YOU have what it takes to be Bridgeton's next star? Perform with family and friends at FTC's theatre - dance, poetry, music, and more! Group acts...

FTC Open House

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm Join us for an exciting and informational event! Paint with professional Appel Farm teaching artists, tour the Campus Center and STEAM Works, meet &...

Upcoming College Open Houses!

We hope your family will visit these colleges! An Open House us a great way to learn about a college or university, and everything the school has to offer your family! Let us know if you are...

CASA Open House & Santa’s Workshop!

CASA Open House Saturday December 8 10am-3pm Please join us at the FTC Campus Center for our CASA Open House Fundraiser! We’ll have a coat drop-off station, toy drop-off station, vendors for...

Homework Help

Need some help with your schoolwork while social distancing? Families to College is here to help! Our coaches are available for on-demand assistance. Follow this link to join the FTC Slack Workspace...

Por Los Frutos De Tus Manos

Friday, May 10, 2019 5:30-8:30 pm Join us for a bilingual family concert! Latin American Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artist and award-winning Musician and Songwriter Suni Paz performs Por Los...

Improv Workshop

Friday, May 3, 2019 5:00-7:00 pm “Whose line is it, anyway!?” Join us for a night of improv at our beautiful theatre! Learn to improvise from a real actor, get onstage, and perform with family and...

College Prep Checklist

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:00-7:30pm Bring your family to this FREE college, career, and financial aid workshop hosted by a Cumberland County College representative! We’ll host a Q&A about the...

Slam Poetry Night

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:00-7:00 pm Celebrate National Poetry Writing Month with Families To College! Learn about Slam Poetry from an expert, and recite your original poem in our theatre! All...

Bridgeton’s Got Talent!

Friday, February 15, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm Do YOU have what it takes to be Bridgeton's next star? Perform with family and friends at FTC's theatre - dance, poetry, music, and more! Group acts...

FTC Open House

Friday, January 25, 2019 from 5:00-7:00pm Join us for an exciting and informational event! Paint with professional Appel Farm teaching artists, tour the Campus Center and STEAM Works, meet &...

Upcoming College Open Houses!

We hope your family will visit these colleges! An Open House us a great way to learn about a college or university, and everything the school has to offer your family! Let us know if you are...

CASA Open House & Santa’s Workshop!

CASA Open House Saturday December 8 10am-3pm Please join us at the FTC Campus Center for our CASA Open House Fundraiser! We’ll have a coat drop-off station, toy drop-off station, vendors for...

Holiday Cards!

Holiday Cards! Friday December 7, 5pm-7pm Come enjoy a hot meal with family and friends as we design and make holiday cards - the perfect gift for the season! We’ll provide all the supplies - just...

Our Staff

Curtis M. Williams II

Program Director

Curtis M. Williams II is excited to serve in this new role leading the Families to College program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Africana Studies and a Master of Science in Public Affairs – Community Development from Rutgers University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University.

Email Curtis:
cwilliams@appelfarm.org

Lydia Cruz

Mentor Manager

Lydia Cruz has been working for Families to College since July 2019. She lives in Vineland and is married with 2 children. She earned a Bachelors’s Degree in Social Work from Stockton State University, in 1987.  In October of 2018, she retired from the Vineland Public School District, after 25 years of service, working as a Child Study Team Social Worker.

Email Lydia:
lcruz@unitedadvocacygroup.org

Kylee Bagley

Campus Center Coordinator

Kylee Bagley graduated with a bachelors in psychology from Rowan University in 2019. She first joined Families to College last summer as an EmpowerCorps coach and is excited to rejoin the team as Campus Center Coordinator. Kylee enjoys the finer things in life, including but not limited to: roller skating, board games, and a good cheeseburger.

Email Kylee:
kylee@unitedadvocacygroup.org

Our Partners

This initiative is a Pascale Sykes Foundation grantee.

The Pascale Sykes Foundation supports a select number of innovative, flexible, holistic, long-range programs that promote the integrity, independence, and well-being of the intergenerational family unit.

Families to College is a diverse resource network that offers access to organizations and professionals, including:

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