Right to College

 

What is Right to College?

The Right to College program supports Student Success Centers and positions Youth Leaders to engage their peers in the post-secondary planning process. Youth Leaders do this by: facilitating workshops; planning events; supporting other students in their search, application, and financial aid process; and working to promote an overall college-going culture within their institutions.  Through comprehensive training and support, Youth Leaders develop a range of skills and content knowledge that they then use, not only to improve their own educational and social outcomes, but also as a platform to make college access and success possible for a wider circle of students.

Key ingredients to high quality youth led programming:

Key

Clearly Defined Role:
Carefully articulated
responsibilities, required
work hours, and well-de-
fined and achievable goals

Youth to Youth
Connection:
Time within
the schedule and physical
space to connect to other
young people

Training and Support:
Training in the relevant
information about the college
process and careful and
consistent adult supervision

Compensation:
Demonstration that the
contribution is valuable,
through pay or academic
credit


How does CARA support Right to College programming and Student Success Centers?

  • Training – CARA runs multi-session Youth Leadership Training Institutes for Youth Leaders on all aspects of the college application process.
  • Coaching – CARA offers site-based support to adult staff at schools, and organizations to support the integration of youth leadership into existing college access work.
  • Community – CARA brings Youth Leaders from across the city together regularly over the academic year and establishes an on-going community for learning and support among both Youth Leaders and adult staff.
“As a Youth Leader… I keep students on track and make sure they complete the right steps on time. Because I am also a student, we are in class together, in lunch together, and walking the same hallways. I use all of those times to remind students about what they need to be doing for college.”

-Youth Leader, Franklin K. Lane Campus Student Success Center

Sites and Partnerships, 2017-18

  • Bronx Theatre High School with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center 
  • Bushwick Campus Student Success Center with Make the Road NY:
    • Academy for Environmental Leadership
    • Academy for Urban Planning
    • Brooklyn School for Math and Research
    • Bushwick School for Social Justice
  • Central Park East High School
  • DeWitt Clinton High School with Good Shepherd Services
  • ELLIS Preparatory Academy with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Flushing High School with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • Flushing International High School with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • Franklin K. Lane Campus Student Success Center with Cypress Hills LDC:
    • Academy of Innovative Technology
    • Brooklyn Lab
    • Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School
    • Multicultural High School
  • George Washington Campus Student Success Center with Good Shepherd Services:
    • The College Academy
    • High School for Media and Communications
    • High School for Law and Public Service
    • High School for Health Careers and Sciences
  • High School of Fashion Industries with Hudson Guild
  • High School for Hospitality Management
  • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Lehman Campus Student Success Center with East Side House Settlement:
    • Bronx River High School
    • Herbert H. Lehman High School
    • Pelham Lab High School
    • Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology
    • Schuylerville Preparatory High School
    • Westchester Square Academy
  • Longwood Campus Student Success Center with Good Shepherd Services:  
    • Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research
    • Longwood Preparatory Academy
  • Mott Haven Campus with East Side House Settlement:
    • Bronx Leadership Academy II High School
    • New Explorers High School
    • Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports
  • Queens High School of Language Studies with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • Taft Campus Student Success Center with New Settlement Apartments:
    • Bronx Collegiate Academy
    • Bronx High School of Business
    • Claremont International High School
    • DreamYard Prep
  • Thomas Jefferson Education Campus with Cypress Hills LDC:
    • FDNY Captain Vernon A. Richards High School for Fire and Life Safety
    • High School for Civil Rights
    • Performing Arts and Technology High School
    • World Academy for Total Community Health

 

*These sites have youth leadership programs for high school choice, modeled after Youth Leadership for College Access.

For more information contact Lori Chajet: lori.chajet@caranyc.org

 
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