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TFA-Like Corps Sends College Advisers to High Schools

The message is simple, yet powerful: “If I can do it, you can do it, too.” That’s what graduates fresh out of college working in the College Advising Corps often tell high school students.

Similar to Teach For America, the national program that recruits newly minted college graduates to teach in classrooms, the corps advisers commit to working full time for two years. They work alongside high school counselors with the goal of improving the number of first-generation college-going, low-income, underrepresented students who apply to, enter, and complete college.

Because most of the advisers were the first in their families to go to college, or are members of minority groups (one-third are African-American and another third Latino), they can relate to the students they serve.