Spotlights

  1. College Advising Corps

    March 2016 Member Spotlight: College Advising Corps

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    Elevator Speech: College Advising Corps (CAC) is a national, nonprofit organization with affiliates in 14 states that work to increase the number of first-generation college-going, low-income, and/or underrepresented students who apply, enter, and complete college. CAC places recent college graduates from partner universities as full-time college advisers in America’s high schools. These advisers work to become a part of their school’s community by collaborating with teachers, counseling staff, and administrators to foster a college-going culture within the schools they serve. From navigating the mazes of college admissions, to securing SAT/ACT fee waivers and assisting students and their families with FAFSA applications, CAC advisers become experts, mentors, champions, and guides. Currently, CAC runs 24 programs at partner colleges and universities with over 500 advisers and collectively serves more than 140,000 students per year. Since its inception, CAC has served over 600,000 students.
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  2. Amherst College

    February 2016 Member Spotlight: Amherst College

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    Elevator Speech: Amherst College is a small, private liberal arts college located in Amherst, MA (about 25 miles north of Springfield in western Massachusetts). Since its founding in 1821, Amherst College has become one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, annually enrolling some 1,800 talented, energetic, and diverse young men and women. Diversity, defined in its broadest sense, is fundamental to Amherst’s mission. The college enrolls students from nearly every state and from more than 40 countries, and for the past several years roughly 45% of Amherst’s students have been students of color. With its faculty-student ratio of 1 to 8, and its open curriculum (there are no distribution requirements), Amherst allows each student—with the help of faculty advisors—to chart an individual path through the more than 800 courses offered at the college each semester. (more…)

  3. Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)

    October/November 2015 Member Spotlight: Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM)

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    Elevator Speech: Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) is a free, five-year program for middle and high school students from low-income neighborhoods all across New York City, which begins with a three-week intensive residential summer program hosted on college campuses. BEAM is an initiative of The Art of Problem Solving Foundation, which was founded in 2004. BEAM recognizes that despite decades of efforts, students of color and low-income students remain vastly underrepresented in science and math related fields. BEAM addresses these statistics by meeting students early and bridging the gap between their aspirations and the opportunities provided to them. The mission of BEAM is to create pathways for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists.

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  4. Latino College Expo

    September 2015 Member Spotlight: Latino College Expo

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    Elevator Speech: The Latino College Expo (LCE) began in 1990 as an annual event designed to promote college awareness and access opportunities for New York City high school students and their families by providing an array of specialized programs sensitive to the needs of the Latino community. In its 25-year history, the organization has both grown the Expo into the longest running recruitment event in New York City as well as expanded to include a Leadership Summit, L.A.T.I.N.A.S. (Looking At Taking Initiative & Nurturing Academic Success) program, scholarship awards, professional development opportunities, and more. The Latino College Expo embodies the concept of “community” as it is truly an incredible “labor of love” that relies almost entirely on the passion and creativity of its staff, volunteer efforts, investments from colleges and universities, and in-kind donations.

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  5. Determined to Succeed

    August 2015 Member Spotlight: Determined to Succeed

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    Elevator Speech: Determined to Succeed is a Los Angeles-based educational nonprofit dedicated to providing exceptional, highly motivated students from low-income families with comprehensive year-round academic, enrichment, and social-emotional support from middle school through college graduation. Determined to Succeed’s middle school and high school program includes a minimum of twice a week afterschool study sessions that focus on writing and math enrichment as well as academic tutoring, staff and peer mentoring, weekend writing and STEM workshops, test preparation, college visits and advising, and summer enrichment opportunities. Staff continues to work with students as they transition to and through college with scheduled weekly phone sessions, financial support as needed for tuition gaps, books, travel, and internship and career counseling. Every facet of Determined to Succeed’s programming is developed to maximize students’ potential in school and life.

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  6. College-Persistence Programs at Chicago Jesuit Academy

    July 2015 Member Spotlight: College-Persistence Programs at Chicago Jesuit Academy

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    Elevator Speech: Chicago Jesuit Academy (CJA) is a full-scholarship, all-boys, college prep middle school (grades 5-8) that seeks to serve students who could not otherwise afford a private education. CJA is not selective based on a student’s academic history, but rather seeks motivated students who look forward to taking advantage of the small classes, extended academic days, and 11-month school year at CJA. CJA’s College-Persistence Programs (CJA-CPP) annually serves over 150 CJA students and alumni by providing support services—including secondary school advising, standardized test prep, counseling services, paid summer internships, and college advising—to students and families through the transitions to high school, college, and beyond.

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