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There are too many students that believe they cannot go to college, which is a reflection of unfamiliarity with college requirements, planning, and the application process.


IIMF assists parents and students by helping them prepare for education beyond high school by: 

  • Setting high expectations and high standards for

all students

  • Encouraging all students to work hard and get the

best grades possible

  • Helping students find people to support positive goals

  • Encouraging students to take college prep courses,

like algebra and geometry, to keep education options open

  • Helping students identify all financial opportunities

including scholarships


IIMF helps students understand that:

  • An education is a key in identifying the kind of

future they desire

  • Education increases your life choices and opportunities

  • Currently good jobs depend on the skills and knowledge

that post secondary education can provide

Staying in school and going to college will help our students:

  • Assist their families and community

  • Acquire a better job and improve earning potential

  • Get a good start in life!


IIMF encourages students that may be unsure of their future plans, to prepare for college no matter their current circumstances. IIMF strongly believes that once students participate in the programs that are offered, they will be encouraged to complete a post secondary education.

"Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it."
- Proverbs 22:6
Elementary Program

The goal of the elementary program is to give students early awareness of the importance of a college degree and to build a foundation for social and academic success. To this end, students engage in reading, writing and critical thinking activities, team building, service learning, high school awareness and preparation, college and career exploration, and goal setting.


How to Make College a Reality
Target low to moderate income elementary schools and host “I will be a college graduate” Program.


Program consists of:

  • Conducting two meetings/pep rallies at targeted schools

  • Focused on providing students with information related to college and early preparation

The goal is to plant the seed in their hearts and minds that they too can go to college, create an early passion and desire for higher education through facilitation, discussion, role play, etc. Materials will include prizes, buttons, reading, writing program “Why is going to college so important?’’ and What do I want to be when I grow up?”

Middle School Program

The goal of the middle school program is to provide parents and kids with awareness of the impending high school experience and the importance it will carry for college. IIMF will provide mentoring programs for At-risk students and provide information for middle school students and their parents with skills and resources to successfully complete the college application process.

High School Program

Annual College Tours for Historically Black Colleges & Universities and State of Iowa Colleges and Universities

College Prep Day Requirement - Students must be a member or begin membership in one of the following:

  • NAACP Youth Council

  • Brothers–to-Brothers

  • Sisters for Success

  • Jack & Jill of America, Inc.

  • Real Project

  • Man4Mation

  • Delta GEMS or EMBODI

Mentoring - “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else”

  • Assign each student with a mentor

  • Mentor monitoring sessions

  • Provide activities for mentors and mentees to harbor a friendly relationship

Three Quarterly touch-base communications with students:

  • Have you made your decision?

  • Assistance with college applications

  • Academic Counseling – how are you preparing

  • Financial Aid Counseling/Scholarship

  • How is your mentoring sessions going?

  • Educational component – leadership, financial literacy

  • Support with extracurricular activities

IIMF College Success Kit

  • Each graduating senior receives a college success kit

  • Reference tools (thesaurus, dictionary, etc.)

  • College supplies

  • Resource book

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