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Phone: 518-936-4500
13 Church Street
P.O. Box 247

Essex
New York 12936
USA
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Target demographics: Low-income K-12 youth across the United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 students

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: The essence of College For Every Student is the engagement of every CFES Scholar in three high-impact practices that research has shown effective in not only getting students on track toward college, but also helping them persist once there –Mentoring, Leadership through Service, and Pathways to College.

Mentoring fosters academic and personal growth by providing CFES Scholars a supportive relationship with an older, more experienced individual who can serve as a role model. All CFES schools have mentoring programs for their Scholars that utilize peers, adults, teachers, community leaders, and/or college students as mentors.

Leadership through Service helps CFES Scholars identify and express their leadership potential through activities that make their school and/or community a better place. CFES schools create meaningful opportunities for Scholars to provide leadership in service to others. Gaining leadership skills and taking responsibility for others builds self-confidence, encouraging personal aspirations for college and developing resilience that leads to college success.

Pathways to College partners CFES schools with colleges to provide opportunities for CFES Scholars to visit college campuses, interact with students and faculty, and gain exposure to the admissions process, financial aid options, and other higher education components.

The three core practices are introduced through a comprehensive framework of CFES support and services designed to help each school identify a cohort of low-income, first-generation students (known as CFES Scholars), develop and strengthen partnerships with colleges, and implement an annual plan of activities incorporating the core practices that will create a college-going culture.
Support and services provided by CFES program directors and other professional staff include:

-Planning & Training Workshop;
-National Professional Development Conference;
-Ongoing on- and off-site support and evaluation;
-Professional development sessions for educators;
-Training for students focused on mentoring, leadership, and college preparation and persistence;
-School-college partnership workshops.

Mission:
College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit organization committed to raising the academic aspirations and performance of underserved youth so that they can prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.
Results:
Over the last six years, 96% of CFES High School Seniors have gone on to college.

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11/12/12
I have the privilege of serving as the Chairman of the Board for College For Every Student (CFES). I have been involved with CFES for the past 14 years and it has been an honor to be associated with the pre-eminent organization of its kind, raising the academic aspirations and performance of ... more »
11/12/12
College for Every Student is a powerful and much needed program for urban youth. Initially, when I was asked to volunteer as a faculty advisor for CFES, I was hesitant. My thoughts were great another activity that will take up my time. But, boy was I wrong because I watched our students become ... more »
11/11/12
I work in an urban school as a college access coordinator for the past 3 years and CFES has been a wonderful support for my students. It has given my students the ability tour colleges that they would not have the opportunity to visit and make a difference in their community through leadership ... more »
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