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.
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. In 2021, we have 220 Bridge Coaches supporting 55,000 students in the NYCDOE Class of 2021 to launch their postsecondary plan. 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.
The near-peer College Coach model is cost-effective, has demonstrated impact on college enrollment, and provides paid, professional work experience to college students. In 2017, students participating in College Bridge for All enrolled in college at a rate 11% higher than the NYCDOE average. This impact was driven by increased college enrollment among students identified as low income, Hispanic, and/or Spanish-speaking. The increase was greatest among students enrolling into CUNY community colleges, as these students are most at risk of “melting.”
Across the country, between 10 – 40% of students experience “summer melt”, a phenomenon where college-intending students do not enroll. This rate is especially high among low-income, first-generation students. In New York City, 28% of students who apply to CUNY do not enroll at any college; in 2021, that is more than 15,000 seniors.
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.