Happy 2021! The College and Career Planning Team (CCPT), commits to providing you timely updates, student-level data tools and a College and Career Planning Point to support your school community. In this edition, we focus on free postsecondary planning and mental health resources that are available to staff, students, and families.
It has been 15 days since we embarked on this new year and it already feels like so much has happened. During this time of civil unrest and healing, it is imperative that we continue to prioritize our wellness and tap in to mental health resources. We are also here to remind you that even when bad events occur, we can always choose to be a force of light. We can choose to have instrumental discussions with our students, while simultaneously seizing the opportunity to make this decade about wellness and innovation in order to rebuild a better school system and nation for our students.
Today, and every day, we stand with you and our students. We stand in opposition to white supremacy culture, displayed so explicitly in the recent Capitol insurgency, and in the comparatively disproportionate police response to the Movement for Black Lives. Our mission is to keep our students’ futures at the forefront; thus, we cannot ignore the impact that systemic racism and current national events have on the lives and future plans of our students.
In order for us to heal and reform systems, we have to acknowledge the deep-rooted racism in our country and remind ourselves that we can be a part of the solution by educating ourselves about anti-racist practices, checking our privilege, uplifting the voices of people of color, and increasing access and success in all post-secondary pathways. To this end, it is with great hope that we announced in the Principal’s Digest, that NYCDOE high schools are receiving funding through the College Access for All–High School initiative. Principals and/or College and Career designees should review the allocation summary and submit a budget proposal by February 5. The grant will be used to support schools’ capacity to provide high quality postsecondary planning experiences for all students with an emphasis on individualized support for 11th and 12th graders during spring semester.
Lastly, we thank you for always serving as light workers and for choosing to “be a part of the change we want to see in the World”!