Right to College

 

What is Right to College?

The Right to College program 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 programing:

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 programing?

  • 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

  • Bushwick Campus Student Success Center with Make the Road NY: Academy for Environmental Leadership, Academy for Urban Planning, Brooklyn School for Math and Research, Brooklyn School for Social Justice
  • Central Park East High School
  • Collaborative Academy of Science, Technology, & Language-Arts Education; Henry Street School for International Studies; University Neighborhood Middle School with Henry St. Settlement*
  • DeWitt Clinton High School with Good Shepard Services
  • ELLIS Preparatory Academy with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Flushing High School and Flushing International High School with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • High School for Fashion Industries with Hudson Guild
  • High School for Hospitality Management
  • I.S. 171 & I.S. 308 with Cypress Hills LDC*
  • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Lane Campus Student Success Center with Cypress Hills LDC: Academy of Innovative Technology, Brooklyn Lab, Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School, Multicultural High School
  • Riverdale Neighborhood House
  • Taft Campus Student Success Center with New Settlement Apartments: Bronx Collegiate Academy, Bronx High School of Business, Claremont International High School, DreamYard Prep, Urban Academy High School for History and Citizenship for Young Men

 

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

For more information contact Ariela Friedman: ariela.friedman@caranyc.org

 
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