BENEFITING: CROSSROADS FOR KIDS INC
When it comes to college, the deck is stacked against low-income teens. We have a plan to change that.
For many low-income teens, the traditional path to college success is flawed. They can follow all the rules, stretch themselves with extracurriculars and community service, meet every application deadline, nail their in-person interview and earn a coveted spot in an incoming freshman class.
But getting into college isn’t the same as getting there, staying there, and getting through. After all of that work, statistics prove that most likely, they won’t earn a degree and are left straddled with debt that hasn’t provided the extra earning potential that comes with a bachelor's degree.
Why does this happen?
There are lots of reasons. They don’t select the right schools. They aren’t realistic about the costs. They aren’t prepared for the culture shift. They don’t feel like they can ask for help.
But mostly, they don’t have the individualized support they need to make informed choices from the start. Support guidance counselors can no longer provide due to enormous caseloads and minimal resources.
And that’s where Crossroads comes in.
Crossroads has launched a new one-to-one college planning initiative to ensure each of our 58 seniors receive the comprehensive individualized planning they need to find post-secondary success.
Over the next 12 months, Iolando our College Success Coordinator will have 232 one-on-one meetings with our 58 seniors, that’s 4 meetings per teen.