College For Every Student (CFES) Overview
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.