In high school, our goal is to motivate youth to stay in school, work hard and graduate ready to succeed in college. Our advisors and mentors challenge and support high school students by helping them navigate the “system” through academic advising, mentoring, college and career planning, college visits, summer academic enrichment, and financial aid planning. College scholarship commitments and other financial incentives are offered to make college-going more affordable.
One program is a continuation of the HERO program, geared for 9th and 10th graders. The other is the DC Achievers Scholars program for 11th and 12th grades. In addition students receive support through the tool CollegeMapper.
Higher Education Readiness Opportunity (HERO) - 9th/10th
The HERO Initiative (Higher Education Readiness Opportunity) is designed to increase college readiness for African-American and Latino male students, and other under-represented male students. The HERO program operates in six high schools in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia.
HERO advisors work with 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard but may be falling short of their potential or need additional guidance and support. HERO provides support directly to students, their families, and academic communities to ensure that they have the resources necessary to help them build their academic and leadership abilities.
HERO provides the following services:
- Academic Advising
- After School Programs
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Curriculum)
- Leadership Development
- Motivational Speakers
- College Awareness
- College Visitation Programs
- Test Preparation and Information
- Academic Enrichment
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DC Achievers Scholars - 11th/12th
CPAs recruit Hometown Mentors for high school students. CSF - DC-recruited mentors serve as supportive adult role models and assist with high school and college planning. CSF - DC college preparatory advisors assist students in the 12th grade with the college application process. CSF - DC provides financial aid planning and education, including assistance with the FAFSA. College visitations and college-level scholar speakers are important components of the program. CSF - DC also provides summer academic readiness programming through residential college experiences that introduce students to college environments and offer workshops on the financial aid process, academic planning, mentoring, and social and networking skill development.
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