College and career |
Success Center Centers (SSC) are partnerships between community-based organizations and multi-school campuses. As a complement to existing school structures, SSCs are supported by staff as well as Peer Leaders— who are successful upperclassmen and college students trained to support other students and peers in college and career preparedness, planning, and applications.
Peer Leaders: Each year, a Center employs youth as Peer Leaders who work with their fellow students to help them complete the college application and financial aid process. Youth leadership is critical to the success of the Center, as it ensures that students feel ownership of the initiative and empowers them to help their peers navigate this complicated time in their lives.
Drop-in Activities: During the year students can drop into the Success Center at any time to receive assistance from peer leaders on topics such as: signing up for the SATs; how to research which colleges have majors that align to your interests; identifying if you are eligible to receive a waiver for the application fee; and strategies for writing a successful college essay.
College Bridge: Brings in former students from the host high school who are now in college to meet and speak with young adults to help them transition to post-secondary education. For example, former students talk to high school seniors about what the first year of college is like, and follow up with them during the summer after they graduate to offer support and advice.
College Trips: Throughout the year, college admissions counselors from different universities come and speak to students about how the college admissions process works. The Center also organizes visits to campuses in New York City and the tristate area.
Workshops: Each year, the Center hosts a variety of workshops for students on topics such as: financial aid trainings to help students navigate the college application process; an introduction for juniors on how the Center can help with the application and selection process; the steps required to submit an City University of New York (CUNY) application; and how to create a college resume that includes items such as volunteer experiences and extra-curricular activities.
Community Service: To help students gain volunteer experience, Center participants organize service-learning initiatives throughout the year. For example, during the year students have the opportunity to volunteer at DeWitt Clinton’s food pantry and/or community garden.
Special Events: Each year, the Success Center hosts a college fair with representatives from over 40 institutions, as well as a culminating event to celebrate students who were accepted into college.
Family Engagement: Throughout the year, we host workshops for parents/caregivers on how to navigate the college application process (including securing financial aid), invite them to college fairs, and answer all questions that are asked via e-mail, phone calls, and/or in-person conversations.