College Advisory Program

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) College Advisory Program (or CAP) is our most formal approach to college preparation. Its primary purpose is to expose our 7th to 12th graders to the college experience and support their successful entry into and achievement in higher education.

Objectives

We facilitate a range of experiences and connect them to training and resources that will:

•  Broaden their knowledge of college and universities (public, private, HBCU, single sex, etc.)
•  Deepen their interest and belief that they can achieve in higher education
•  Increase their awareness of career options and the pathways to success

Coordination

CAP is coordinated by Silvia Canales, a long time Sister Sol Chapter Leader who has been trained in the college preparation process by Options (offered by Goddard-Riverside Community Center). Silvia guides program staff on identifying appropriate colleges, building strong applications, creating and assessing financial aid packages, and other key issues. Program staff facilitates college tours for their groups and provide one-on-one college counseling. Each year one staff person works with Silvia and alumni to facilitate our in-house College Fair. The insights and guidance of our alumni, who also help conduct tours on their campuses, are especially meaningful to our members and demonstrate that they too can succeed in higher education.

Components

 Individualized support and guidance
•  Deepen their interest and belief that they can achieve in higher education
•  Increase their awareness of career options and the pathways to success

•  An in-house College Fair featuring Bro/Sis alumni and their schools (January)
•  A Workshop Series for high school seniors:

Application Workshop helps them develop their application package (October)

Financial Aid Application 101 helps them understand and accurately complete their financial aid form (January) 

Show Me the Money: Comparing Financial Aid Packages helps them understand their tuition fees, grants and scholarship package (April)

Transition Day prepares them for the day-to-day college experience (August) 

Bro/Sis is also committed to sending each graduating 12th grader to college with a laptop and a goodie bag of personal and school supplies.

Impact

By the time our members are applying for college they have had the opportunity to visit at least 15schools throughout New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. They are informed about what colleges are looking for and how to present themselves in an application and interview. When they enter college, they are familiar with the academic expectations and dynamics of campus social life. We continue to support our members through age 22 knowing that they will encounter many new challenges as they transiton into college (and/or the workforce).

%

of Bro/Sis alumni have graduated from high school or earned a GED

“I believe so deeply in the life-saving work that The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is dedicated to: values and skills building that empower young people and keep them on course; helping young people to see and develop the extraordinary within themselves; ensuring their safe passage to adulthood. It is surely one of the most incredible organizations in the nation. Their work is catalytic! Their leadership, their services and outcomes are without peer. Simply put, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol does the work that few others will or even know how to do…. They have answered the call to repair the village, to secure the children. It’s our responsibility to ensure they have all they need to do God’s work.”

Susan L. Taylor

Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Editor in Chief, Essence Magazine

“[The Brotherhood/Sister Sol] is using their passion to uplift and inspire a next generation through extraordinary work that creates leaders and a sanctuary for children…. where their members can develop a higher vision of themselves.”

Oprah Winfrey

Founder of the OWN

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