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Milwaukee’s landscape often presents youth with a steep uphill climb to graduate from high school and obtain any type of post-secondary education. Through Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Graduation Plus (Grad Plus) programming, we aim to provide support and mentorship to help our members obtain college access, and continue life-long learning.

Annually, Grad Plus serves over 800 high school and college students. Our case management approach allows staff to build meaningful relationships with Club members to ensure they receive the individualized support they need. Types of services and programming include:

• College Tours
• Academic Advising
• College Applications

• ACT Prep
• Scholarships
• Career Planning

• Resume Assistance
• Leaderships Skills
• Financial Aid Planning


High school graduation rate for Grad Plus participants


Average high school GPA for Grad Plus participants


Average college GPA for Grad Plus participants

Providing financial relief for students

Noah graduated from Audubon High School as the valedictorian and is Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Youth of the Year Runner-Up for 2023. Noah is a resilient, disciplined, kind, and hard-working leader amongst his peers. Noah has a contagious personality that he uses to inspire others to pursue their passions and lead in their own ways. Noah is now a freshman at UW-Madison majoring in engineering. Noah credits his participation in Grad Plus for being able to master the scholarship applying and awarding process. In addition to his debt-free education from UW-Madison, Noah was collectively awarded nearly $400,000 in college scholarships during the application process.


Making college accessible and affordable to hard-working, under-resourced students is of the utmost importance. The scholarship support offered in conjunction with our partners creates life changing opportunities for local youth, and allows universities to attract motivated, dedicated students.

$17 Million

in scholarships have been awarded to the class of 2023

“Grad Plus helped me excel in college! Networking, effective communication, and securing funds are all skills that they have developed within me. I am better equipped to take on the world because of their support”

— DeLon Blanks, Class of 2023, UW-Whitewater