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

  • 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
  • Bronx Theatre High School and ELLIS Preparatory Academy with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • DeWitt Clinton High School with Good Shepherd Services
  • Flushing High School, Flushing International High School and Queens High School of Language Studies with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • George Washington Campus Student Success Center with Good Shepherds 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
  • Lane Campus Student Success Center with Cypress Hills LDC: Academy of Innovative Technology, Brooklyn Lab, Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School, Multicultural High School
  • Lehman Campus SSC with East Side Settlement House: Herbert H. Lehman High School, Renaissance High School for Musical Theater & Technology, Schuylerville Preparatory High School, Bronx River High School, Pelham Lab High School, Westchester Square Academy
  • Longwood Campus Student Success Center with Good Shepherds Services:  Holcombe L. Rucker School of Community Research, Banana Kelly High School
  • Mott Haven Campus with East Side Settlement House: New Explorers High School, Bronx Leadership Academy II High School, Careers in Sports High School
  • Taft Campus Student Success Center with New Settlement Apartments: Bronx Collegiate Academy, Bronx High School of Business, Claremont International High School, DreamYard Prep

 

*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

 
Powered by WishList Member - Membership Software