The Advantage Academy was established in 2009 as an innovative partnership between St. John’s University and the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The Academy provides qualified individuals, from homeless and formerly homeless households with the opportunity to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, from the College of Professional Studies at St. John's University, Queens campus, at no cost. The goal of the program is to break the cycle of poverty through education.
The Advantage Academy serves homeless and formerly homeless individuals identified through the DHS home base. Applicants must meet the following criteria for acceptance into the program
- GED, TASC, High School diploma or equivalent degree
- Documented work history
- Income at or below poverty level
- Qualify for financial aid
- Complete application process (this includes a placement test and interview)
Upon selection, students must adhere to the following program requirements:
- Complete 60 semester-credit hours
- Maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 for all core and major courses
- Meet classroom attendance requirements
- Attend study hall/tutoring weekly
- Compliance with DHS and other agency requirements for maintenance of benefits
- Participation in various developmental workshops and events
Advantage Academy students are provided with one-on-one career counseling and professional development services. This includes job readiness, job searches, communication skills, business etiquette, goal setting, action plans and career assessment. In addition, job placement activities assists students secure and maintain post graduate employment. An important goal of the program is to assist the graduates in securing employment.
For more information, please contact Christopher Rapisarda 718-990-3412.