College Bridge

30-40% of graduating seniors who are accepted to college and plan to enroll fail to do so in the fall. Failure to matriculate can be traced to the many and complicated application and enrollment tasks that take place over the course of senior year and through the summer.

CARA’s College Bridge program addresses summer melt & the gap in college guidance for first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color. It does this by training current college students, called Bridge Coaches, to support graduating high school students during their senior year and the summer before they matriculate into college.

College Bridge Program Model

  • Bridge Coaches have 70+ hours of comprehensive training in college access content.

    Bridge Coaches develop a range of skills and content knowledge that they then use, alongside their unique near-to-peer perspective, to provide individualized support to graduating students. Trainings include the following topics:

     

    College Applications:
    -College List-Making
    -CUNY System
    -SUNY System
    -Private Colleges

    Financial Aid:
    -Financial Aid Applications
    -Financial Aid Packages
    -Opportunity Programs

    Working with Students:
    -Counseling Skills
    -Leading College Transition Workshops
    -Supporting Undocumented Students
    -Professionalism

    College Matriculation:
    -College-decision making
    -Outreach and Engagement
    -Caseload Management
    -Data Tracking

    Peer Leadership for College Access & Success Core Competencies

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  • CARA works with schools to help support the integration of College Bridge into existing college office work.

    CARA brings College Bridge supervisors together several times a year to support the implementation of the program at their individual schools. CARA also provides:

    • Counselor resources such as college match tools and income documentation forms
    • Support with data-tracking and planning
    • Opportunities to meet with high-level college admission professionals to discuss how admission policies impact students on the ground
    • Provision of workshops for College Bridge coaches to run in senior classes

Program Rubric

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How College Bridge Works

Hire a College Coach

Recruit one Bridge Coach per 100 seniors from your pool of alumni

Pay Bridge Coach $15 per hour for school-based work and training time (10 hrs/week + 70 hours training = 470 hours total) + pay CARA training fee

Make time available during the school day for Bridge Coach to work with students

Supervise your College Coach

Meet weekly with Bridge Coach throughout the school year

Attend CARA Supervisor meetings

Communicate with CARA as needed to support programming

Provide Summer Assistance

Supervise Bridge Coach at least five hours per week during the summer months

Provide space for College Coach to work and meet with students

Give College Coach access to student forms and information needed for college enrollment during summer

Participate in Evaluation

Track and report data to CARA

Participate in assessments as needed by CARA

Complete evaluations of College Coach

College Bridge Reach

40 Peer Leaders being trained in 2020-21
31 Participating sites
3900 Students being served

College Bridge Curriculum & Resources

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