College Access: Research and Action (CARA) was founded to support the college access work of schools, community-based organizations, and universities. Using educational reform and youth leadership strategies, CARA works with a variety of partners to create responsive and effective programs. By bringing together a range of people, institutions and perspectives, CARA leverages best practices, young peoples’ lived experiences, and existing resources to develop programs that help students from low-income backgrounds explore post-secondary options and navigate the multiple obstacles to college acceptance, matriculation and success.
At CARA, we take what we learn through our programs to inform both policy and research. We work to improve the systems, structures, and practices that guide young people to successful and satisfying post-secondary educational outcomes, particularly in our home city of New York.