Bridge To College
Bridge to College, an Urban Assembly initiative and current collaboration with CUNY AHC, was launched in 2011 to address the “summer melt” that occurs between the end of high school and the beginning of college. Heading into the summer, there are myriad challenges that can interfere with matriculation, especially for low-income and first-generation college-goers: failure to complete financial aid, confusing communications from colleges about registration and course selection, difficult logistics around travel to school, family resistance, etc. At this critical moment, young people find themselves unable to access the support of their high schools which are no longer in session, not yet connected to colleges, and with few places to turn for help.
With a focus on the power of youth leadership in college access work, the Bridge to College model offers a student-centered approach to effective guidance. The program collaboratively trains students who have completed 1-2 years of college, called College Coaches, to deliver on-site transition workshops to high school seniors and support them with their college-going plans after graduation. The Coaches come from the same high schools and socio-economic backgrounds as the students in their caseloads. They are supervised by professional staff, and regularly meet as a group to troubleshoot and develop best practices.
For more information, please contact Marcus Felder:
Marcus.Felder@cuny.edu or (718) 254-7701.