In a survey of the Northside community's needs, it was shown that many parents feared their children would not be able to attend college, resulting in limited opportunities. In 2004, Northside Inter-Community Agency (NICA) launched the Circle of Winners program in response to this need.
The initiative is aimed to attract teenagers (aged 13 to 17) who have opted to attend college but may lack the financial resources to do so. The Circle of Winners program instructs goal-oriented adolescents in the complexities of selecting a college or trade school. Applying for loans, grants, scholarships, and completing a college or vocational program.