College & Career Bridge For All
What is College & Career Bridge for All
Launched in 2016 in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), College & Career Bridge for All (formerly College Bridge for All) increases postsecondary enrollment by hiring and training college students to provide meaningful advising to graduating seniors through the postsecondary planning, financial aid, and matriculation processes. The near-peer Bridge Coach model is cost-effective, has demonstrated an impact on postsecondary enrollment, and provides paid, professional work experience to college students.
In 2020, we scaled our program to ensure that all students in the NYCDOE graduating class have access to a near-peer Bridge Coach to support them on their postsecondary journey. As a city-wide program, we serve more than 50,000 students annually as they graduate from the NYCDOE. Our Coaches work from June – September to support an average of 250 students. Coaches meet weekly in teams for supervision and professional development sessions. Coaches earn $17 per hour, and up to $5,000 by the end of the program. Want to work with us?
In 2021, College & Career Bridge for All served 52,724 graduates from the NYCDOE Class of 2021, 70% of whom enrolled in college in Fall 2021. Of those who enrolled in college, 60% chose a CUNY campus. All 2021 graduates receive weekly outreach from their Bridge Coach with resources and reminders to support their enrollment. We also support students to enroll in Spring ‘22. Our Winter Bridge program served NYCDOE Class of 2021 graduates who did not enroll in college Fall 2021 to support their enrollment in Spring 2022.
Coaches provide meaningful support: students who engaged with their coach enrolled in Fall 2021 at a rate 4% higher than students who did not; in our Spring 2020 Winter Bridge pilot, it was 28% higher. Additionally, students who connected with their Bridge Coach were disproportionately community college bound, Hispanic or Latinx, and graduates of high schools with low postsecondary enrollment rates, suggesting that Bridge Coach supports are filling a gap for populations historically underrepresented in higher education. Analysis has shown that our impact is strongest for these students: low-income, Spanish-speaking, Hispanic or Latinx, and Black students who had coach support were more likely to enroll than their peers without Coach support (Impact Assessment).
We partner with other similar near-peer matriculation programs run by College Access: Research and Action (CARA), New Visions for Public Schools, the Urban Assembly, and Student Leadership Network to share best practices and provide mutual support. Collectively, we serve all graduating high school seniors across the NYCDOE.