The latest news and updates from CARA.
CARA Featured in the News and Policy Reports
- Center for an Urban Future, Degrees of Difficulty: Boosting College Success in NYC
- NPR, In the Weeks Before Freshmen Year, Money Worries Aplenty
- NPR, What You Should Know about the New Summer SAT
- Chalkbeat, Students Helping Students
- ABC 7, New York Viewpoint
- NY Times – Schoolbook, These Students Have Been Accepted to College, But Will They Show Up This Fall?
- Aljazeera America, Will Cristal’s College Dream Survive the Summer?
- City Limits, Getting Kids Ready for College, Beyond the Classroom
- Center for New York City Affairs, Creating College Ready Communities: Preparing NYC’s Precarious New Generation of College Students
- What Kids Can Do, Across Summer’s Shaky Bridge to College, Help from Other Students
- Chalkbeat, Gotham Schools: Usable Knowledge
Relevant Articles and Reports
CARA’s work is informed by, and continually informs, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers in the fields of college access and success. Check out some of the pieces we find particularly interesting and/or that feature the great work of CARA’s partners.
- News 12 features CARA partner school Kurt Hahn and the work they are doing to build their college-going culture: Ready for the next chapter: BK students send off college applications
- Boston Globe op-ed by CARA colleague Joshua Steckel: Let’s make it easier for low-income students to apply for financial aid
- The Riverdale Press features Right to College partner Kingsbridge Heights Community Center: Students Strive for Family First
- Inside Schools features Middle School Success Centers and CARA’s partners Cypress Hills LDC and East Side House Settlement: 8th-Graders Train Peers to get into High School
- NBC Latino features Cypress Hills LDC’s Student Success Center counselor at the Franklin K. Lane SSC: Young Counselor Helping Teens Go to College, One Student at a Time
Recent News from CARA
On September 25th, CARA’s co-director, Janice Bloom, joined director Julie Dressner and former Youth Leader Karoline Jimenez for a screening of Personal Statement at the National College Access Network national conference in Pittsburgh.The film was also shown in September at the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in Salt Lake City.
CARA was proud to then host the first New York City screening of the film on October 10th at the CUNY Graduate Center. It was great to have so many of our school and CBO partners, funders, and young people, together for the event.
We were honored to have CUNY’s Interim Chancellor Vita Rabinowitz open the evening and remind us of the critical role CUNY has played in serving first-generation college students. Kesi Foster, lead organizer from Make the Road NY, framed the film by explaining the youth organizing movement that led to the model of youth leadership for college access portrayed in the film; and CARA co-Director Lori Chajet traced the growth of a peer-to-peer model for college access and retention from 16 peer leaders in 2007 to over 400 in 2018.
After the laughter and tears evoked by the film, the audience had the opportunity to hear from two of the film’s stars – Karoline Jimenez and Enoch Jemmott – as well as the filmmaker, Julie Dressner, and Emily Van Ingen, Deputy Director of Cypress Hills LDC.
Both the panelists and closing speaker, Adilke Pimentel of the Urban Youth Collaborative, spoke to the need for continued advocacy to increase opportunities and supports for all low income students in the college process – and the power of a peer-to-peer model for doing so.
For those of you who missed it, there are several other opportunities to see the film in the next few weeks:
- On October 20th at the American Museum of National History’s Margaret Mead film festival – https://www.amnh.org/explore/margaret-mead-film-festival/films/special-screening-personal-statement
- On October 23rd at 8pm on PBS and WORLD networks.
PERSONAL STATEMENT is a documentary film about three remarkable CARA-trained Youth Leaders supporting their peers through the college process while applying to college themselves. The film was given the honor of opening the AFI DOCS festival in Washington, DC this June.
After the film, Rick Cruz, Chief of Strategy and Innovation for Houston Public Schools moderated a panel with the filmmakers – Julie Dressner and Edwin Martinez – and the three Youth Leaders – Christine Rodriguez, Karoline Jimenez, and Enoch Jemmott.
Cruz said the film “speaks to an issue that is so critical – an issue about access, aboutopportunity that is too often ignored, and this is not an issue specific to NYC public schools. It is an issue that most districts in our country are facing… [these issues] are so systemic.”
Karoline, a former Youth Leader and Bridge Coach from the Franklin K. Lane campus – now a junior at SUNY New Paltz said she hopes the film helps people to see that “a lot of good things happen when you believe in young people.”
Personal Statement will be broadcast nationally on PBS on October 23rd at 8 pm. Mark your calendars!
This spring, our College Inquiry co-directors expanded CARA’s curriculum resources, and they are being utilized by CARA schools throughout the city and by the NYC Department of Education’s College Access for All Initiative:
College Office Resources provides tangible tools and templates to support best practices in college counseling offices.
Resources for Leaders provides a library of turn-key professional development materials for schools and equips administrators and teacher-leaders to plan and facilitate their own capacity-building sessions for their school staff.
CARA staff Shaquinah Wright, Director of College Bridge, Shalema Henderson, Director of College Allies along with Shari Simon, College Advisor with Comprehensive Development Inc. presented at the New York State College Admission Conference (NYSACAC) at Marist College. Their session titled “Leveraging Youth Leadership: Building Capacity for College Access and Success” focused on CARA’s youth leadership work in Right to College, College Bridge, and College Allies.
Shalema Henderson presented CARA’s College Allies peer-to-peer college retention model at both the Experiential Learning Symposium at Guttman Community College and the Strive for Success Symposium, “Boosting Community College Persistence through Peer Mentoring and CBO Support”.
Sonia Szymanski, Co-Director of CARA’s College Inquiry program, was a panelist discussing, “Tough Calculations: What is College Worth?”. The event, hosted by The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School for Social Research, focused on the rising cost of college and how students and their families determine the best fit for their needs, including how to look at college rankings and the responsiveness of colleges to student needs.
CARA’s Right to College Program celebrated the work of over 115 Youth Leaders from the 2017-2018 school year, showcasing their work and accomplishments. Congratulations to the graduating Youth Leaders who are heading off to college in the fall. They will be attending many wonderful schools, including: Barnard College, Brooklyn College, Clark Atlanta, Hamilton College, Hobart William Smith, Hunter College, Lehigh University, SUNY Albany, SUNY Oneonta, and Wheaton College.
Check out this incredible video, produced by East Side House Settlement’s Student Success Center on the Lehman Campus SSC, which captures the many things Youth Leaders do.
After 4 years, College Allies’ Strive for Success (S4S) Program celebrated its last year. CARA trained 150 Peer Leaders who supported over 2400 CUNY community college students through S4S. Thank you to all of our wonderful CBO partners, Campus Coordinators and Peer Leaders who contributed to the success of Strive.
Using lessons learned from S4S, College Allies is launching new partnerships with the following partners to develop peer-to-peer college retention programming:
- Black Male Empowerment Cooperative at Laguardia Community College
- College Discovery at Laguardia Community College
- The Learning Academy at BMCC
- Student Success Coaching Unit at Hostos Community College
- New York City Outward Bound
- Kingsborough Student Success Center (Formerly “Spark Program”)
- Good Shepherd Services’ Brooklyn Lifelink Program