Youth Leadership for College Access and Success

 

What are the  Youth Leadership for College Access and Success programs?

The Youth Leadership for College Access and Success programs position young people to engage their peers in the post-secondary planning and college transition process. Youth Leaders at both the high school and college-level do this by: facilitating workshops; planning events; supporting other students in their search, application, financial aid, enrollment and persistence process.  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 Leadership 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 Youth Leadership programing?

  • Training – CARA runs multi-session Youth Leadership Training Institutes for high school and college-level Youth Leaders on all aspects of the college application and transition process.
  • Coaching – CARA offers site-based support to adult staff at schools, college campuses, 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

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Brooklyn Generation School
  • Bronx Community College
  • 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*
  • East Side Community School
  • English Language Learners and International Support Preparatory Academy with Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School with The Children’s Aid Society
  • Flushing High School with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • Flushing International High School with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
  • Goddard Riverside Community Center
  • High School for Fashion Industries with Hudson Guild
  • Hostos Community College
  • I.S. 171 & I.S. 308 with Cypress Hills LDC*
  • Lane Campus Student Success Center with Cypress Hills LDC: Academy of Innovative Technology, Brooklyn Lab, Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory School, Multicultural High School
  • New York City College of Technology
  • Taft Campus Student Success Center with New Settlement Apartments: Bronx Collegiate Academy, 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 Lori Chajet: lori.chajet@caranyc.org

 
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