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Ohio Americorps College Guides Program

The Ohio AmeriCorps College Guides program places fresh college graduates into middle schools, high schools and community centers to help guide traditionally underserved young people to prepare for, access and complete a postsecondary credential.

Goal

The goal of the College Guides is to ensure that students, especially typically underserved students – first-generation college-going, low-income and minority – get the information and knowledge they need and deserve to make educated decisions and plans for their future.

Need

Ohio’s educational attainment level is below the national average, and in terms of rankings, is 38th in the nation. Because economic viability and quality of life are indisputably related to educational attainment, it is essential to promote educational opportunities if the economic state of Ohio and the quality of life for Ohioans are to improve.

With Ohio’s student-to-guidance ratio exceeding the national average at 481:1, counselors do not have the capacity to provide students with the necessary information and individualized guidance to support students in their pursuit of postsecondary education.

Approach

The Ohio AmeriCorps College Guides program places fresh college graduates into middle schools, high schools and community centers to help guide traditionally underserved young people to prepare for, access and complete a postsecondary credential. The College Guides is a corps of driven and highly-qualified professionals getting a start in education to whom students can relate, confide in and eventually emulate as they plan for their future and take constructive steps toward postsecondary education.

AmeriCorps College Guides undergo significant training and receive valuable professional development, networking as well as guidance and support with career and graduate school goals. Members serve full-time (over 1,700 hours across 11 months), and in return receive a modest living allowance, health insurance, and an Educational Award upon completion of the full-time commitment.

Locations

For the 2015-16 academic year, 70 AmeriCorps College Guides are serving students at the following host sites:

  • Canton, Ohio (Stark Education Partnership)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (College Now Greater Cleveland)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (Cincinnati Youth Collaborative) Columbus, Ohio (I Know I Can)
  • Jefferson, Ohio (ACCESS Ashtabula County)
  • Marietta, Ohio (Connect to Success)
  • Oberlin, Ohio (Ninde Scholars Program)
  • Youngstown, Ohio (Mahoning Valley College Access Program)
  • Zanesville, Ohio (Scholarship Central)

For more information about the program, please contact Bridget McFadden at 216.635.0447 or bmcfadden@collegenowgc.org.