College Access Corps
Established in 2014, in partnership with Washington Campus Compact, the College Access Corps is grant funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). College Access Corps supports local economically disadvantaged youth to become engaged in their education, learn more about the post-secondary pathways, including application and financial aid processes, and become empowered to pursue the pathway of their choice.
Having a post-secondary path is a critical tool to break the cycle of poverty and improve the health and welfare of low income children, their families and communities. Many youth who have been labeled low-income, youth of color or first-generation youth lack the historical privilege and social capital to effectively prepare for and navigate a post-secondary pathway of their choice. Furthermore, low-income youth of color and first-generation youth also face institutional racism and growing educational opportunity gaps within primary and secondary educational institutions.
College Access Corp is looking for motivated, energetic candidates who can use their passion for racial equity, social justice, and education to recruit college students to serve as College Access Coaches for K12 youth of color, first-generation youth and economically disadvantaged youth. This full-time 10.5-month AmeriCorps program with 15 sites across the State of Oregon is a great opportunity to improve the lives of target youth, deepen the college experience of the coaches, and build campus-community partnerships that strengthen educational outcomes for low-income youth.
AmeriCorps members are placed at selected member campuses, non-profits, or K-12 institutions, where they help develop, implement or coordinate college access programs within their local communities. AmeriCorps members recruit and train college students from their campuses or participating campuses to act as college access coaches to economically disadvantaged youth in schools, community agencies, or to student groups, that have a student population that is at least 50% eligible for the federally-funded free/reduced lunch program.
CAC is made possible through the following partnerships: