College Allies


Why Strive for Success?


of NYC public school
college-bound graduates
go to CUNY

of students pursuing a
BA complete their
degree at CUNY
(within 6 years)

of students pursuing
an AA persist into
year two at CUNY
community colleges

of students pursuing
an AA complete their
degree at CUNY
(within 3 years)

What is Strive for Success?

S4S, a program developed in partnership with Graduate NYC!, CUNY Collaborative programs, and NYC-based CBOs, takes what is known about best practices for college retention and applies them to a peer-to-peer model to help students transition into and persist through the first year of college. Students who have successfully completed one year of college, called “Student Success Leaders”, are trained to work in partnership with campus-based and community-based organization staff to address the critical obstacles to student persistence through college. S4S works to ensure first-year students develop the navigational skills to:

 What Is Strive for Success?

 How does CARA support Strive for Success?

Training – CARA runs on-going
cross-site and campus-based training
for Student Success Leaders on
supporting students in persistence
through college.

Coaching – CARA provides site-based
support to Campus Coordinators to
develop S4S and integrate Student
Success Leaders into retention

Community – CARA brings Student Success
Leaders and Campus Coordinators from
across the city together several times over
the year and establishes an on-going
community for learning and support.

“When you go to advisors, it is a set time and they don’t want to break it down for you. They are too quick. You feel more comfortable with the Student Success Leaders.

-Student in Strive for Success Program, NYC College of Technology


Sites and Community-based Partnerships

Participating Campuses

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Bronx Community College
  • Hostos Community College
  • Kingsborough Community College*
  • LaGuardia Community College
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Queens Community College*

Partnering Organizations

  • Achievement First
  • Adams Street Foundation
  • Bottom Line
  • BronxWorks
  • College Initiative
  • Comprehensive Development, Inc
  • CUNY Prep
  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
  • The Door
  • East Side House, Inc.
  • Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • Good Shepherd Services
  • Grace Outreach
  • Hostos Continuing Education & Workforce Development
  • iMentor
  • Let’s Get Ready
  • LINCT to Success
  • Mosholu Montefiore Community Center
  • New Settlement  Apartments
  • Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
  • NYC Outward Bound
  • Queens Community House
  • Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, Inc.
  • Urban Dove


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