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Correcting the inequities of college access

College Summit and Strive for College help low-income students apply for and enroll in colleges.

College Summit and Strive for College

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Strive for College

Strive for College: An annual conference connects college mentors from across the US to share best practices and advice in helping high schoolers get to college.

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Strive for College

Strive for College: College mentors provide one-on-one guidance to high school students.

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College Summit

College Summit: Building a college-going culture in under-resourced high schools.

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College Summit

College Summit: The most influential school’s students are trained to become peer leaders.

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College Summit

College Summit: Peer leaders learn how to support their classmates through the application process.

As modern job markets increasingly demand college-educated workers, few can afford to forgo post-secondary education. However, the college admissions process can be complex and intimidating, especially without appropriate guidance. College access remains a problem in many low-income communities, which often lack the resources and knowledge to help its young adults plan for higher education. In New York City, Deutsche Bank is helping to insure that all high school students have access to higher education by supporting College Summit and Strive for College, two nonprofits that provide low-income students with the tools and support necessary to successfully apply for and enroll in college.

College Summit: active contribution to a college-focused culture

College Summit assists under-resourced high schools in building a college-going culture. The nationwide nonprofit seeks to increase college access and readiness for low-income students through a school-wide approach. College Summit enrolls all seniors in its partner high schools in a college preparatory program that guides the students through the application process.

College Summit’s Peer Leaders program is based on the understanding that young peers are particularly influential in students’ lives and aims to unlock student potential through a carefully selected group of fellow classmates. The program recruits and trains the school’s most influential students, who are enrolled in summer workshops where they complete their own college applications and are trained to become peer leaders. Upon returning to school, the peer leaders contribute to a college-focused culture, providing their classmates with application assistance and active encouragement.

College Summit New York

Deutsche Bank is supporting College Summit New York in extending Peer Leaders' work to 9th-11th graders in NYC schools. The progam extension is based on research that demonstrates that college readiness is best achieved when the knowledge and skill-building begins in 9th grade or earlier. In the first year, the program trained 40 Peer Leaders who reached 400 high schoolers in six schools. In year two, the program will expand further with 80 high school and college Peer Leaders reaching 1,800 students in nine high schools. If successful, the Peer Leaders program will serve as a national model throughout the College Summit system.

Strive for College: student mentors provide guidance to high school students

According to Strive for College, college counselors at private schools spend roughly twice as much time as public school counselors giving college advice. In many under-resourced public schools, low-income students have little or no access to adequate college counseling. Many who do pursue higher education tend to “under-match” by attending more familiar or less competitive institutions that may not always fit academically or financially. As a result, America’s most selective colleges and universities enroll a disproportionately small percentage of low-income students.

To solve this problem, Strive for College recruits undergraduate student mentors from local universities to guide low-income high school students through the process of applying to, enrolling in and paying for four-year colleges and universities. Because college mentors have the recent experience of successfully applying to college, they are particularly well-prepared to provide guidance to high school students facing the process. Through its online platform and one-on-one mentoring, Strive for College provides proper knowledge, tools and assistance about concerns such as the college search, standardized testing, admissions essays and financial aid. During weekly sessions, mentors help college applicants prepare for higher education throughout the admissions and enrollment process.

With Deutsche Bank’s grant support, Strive for College’s nationwide program has been able to establish and steadily grow a presence in New York City. The program launched in the 2011-12 academic year with 15 mentor-mentee pairs at one high school and expanded to 60 pairs at three high schools the following year. The organization has more than quadrupled its impact in New York City for the 2013-14 academic year, matching college mentors with an additional 253 high school students from 9 high schools. Deutsche Bank also sponsors the organization’s annual mentor conference, which imparts best practices and advice.

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low-income high school students were guided through the process of applying to, enrolling in and paying for four-year colleges and universities in 2013.

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