Policy Advocacy

We leverage what we learn to inform practitioners and policymakers.

We coach other organizations to develop peer-to-peer models, and collaborate with the NYC Department of Education and City University of New York to develop equitable system-wide approaches to college access and success.

We work directly with the NYC Department of Education and City University of New York to support their school development and peer leadership initiatives through coaching staff, sharing training materials, and co-designing program models. We also consult with community-based organizations to develop and implement peer-to-peer college access and success programs. Our consulting model includes supporting organizations through an apprenticeship model as they learn to do this work.

  • CARA has worked to train the staff of the NYC DoE’s College Access for All Initiative, using our professional development and college office tools to influence and support schools across New York City through this ambitious citywide initiative.

  • CARA has designed and facilitated coach training for NYC DOE’s College Access for All College Bridge for All initiative since its inception, and continues to consult with the DoE to expand this peer leader model across the city.

  • Beginning in 2014, with support from the Pinkerton Foundation, CARA partnered with CUNY’s K-16 to develop a peer leadership model for college persistence which has, in turn, influenced peer-to-peer retention programming across CUNY.

    Since 2016, CARA has partnered with CUNY’s ASAP programs to design a peer leadership component of ASAP’s retention programs. CARA has consulted with central staff and trained ASAP’s peer leaders and campus staff, and will partner with additional CUNY and community-based retention programs in 2018-2019 to do the same.