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May 2022 Decision Day & Senior Survey

In this College and Career Planning edition, we are focusing on Decision Day Campaign efforts and celebrating students’ postsecondary decisions. 

Welcome back from spring break! Student voice is at the center of our work—documenting their plans and asking for their feedback will help us to continue to make significant improvements in the postsecondary planning landscape. Please share this survey link with your seniors and encourage them to complete it by June 27. This time of year brings so much joy to our work because we are able to celebrate and affirm students. During this time, it is also important to remind seniors that our support will continue throughout the summer via the College & Career Bridge For All program; encourage students to sign-up for Next Step Texts to gain access to Bridge support this summer. Read the full post on our website.

For many of our students, they are the first in their families to accomplish graduate high school and pursue their dreams; therefore, it is very important that we let them know how proud we are of them. It can be as simple as giving them #IDecided stickers to motivate them to wear their postsecondary program swag and/or creating a selfie station. Last but not least, before posting students’ accomplishments on your school website and social media accounts, ensure students have media consent forms.

Top Tips

  1. Share this survey link with your seniors and encourage them to complete it by June 27.
  2.  Remind seniors that our support will continue throughout the summer via the College & Career Bridge For All program
  3. Encourage students to sign-up for Next Step Texts to gain access to Bridge support this summer.

May To-Do List 

Events, Resources & Deadlines listed by due dates.

Remember To

✓ Encourage juniors to attend the Virtual Spring NYC College Fair hosted by the Regional Officers of Admissions Metro NYC (ROAM) on April 27.

✓ Plan and execute junior 1:1 meetings to share the action plan for a successful application process next fall.

✓ Support students with applying to summer enrichment opportunities

✓ Use the FAFSA  and TAP completion data to follow up with seniors who have not completed their financial aid forms and support students with verification. Refer to more resources here.

✓ Encourage students to connect 1-1 with an online college and career advisor to ask questions after school and on weekends for free. Advisors can support with FAFSA completion, verification, TAP, Career programs, and other topics.

✓ Support seniors with advocacy calls for opportunity programs, verification process and assist eligible students in beginning to fill out the NYS DREAM Act eligibility application (which will need to be finalized once students have graduated and can submit evidence of graduation).

✓ Visit the CUNY Future Student Enrollment Guide to support admitted students with financial aid, advisement, and support programs.

✓ Encourage graduating seniors to sign-up for Next Step Texts to gain access to College & Career Bridge For All program this summer. 

✓ Share this survey link with your graduating seniors and encourage them to complete it by June 27.

Events

✓ Attend Office hours on Tuesday(s) at 9:30 am to get postsecondary planning technical support on STARS. This upcoming week will focus on the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) Annual Conference.

✓ Apply for the principal for a Day program by May 19. The program pairs business and civic leaders with host schools for one-day partnerships. Participating schools will be first in line for the Ladders for Leaders SYEP placements next year. 

Resources

✓ Sign-up to become The New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC) and The College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY)  members by April 29. 

✓ Contact your College and Career Planning point person on our team for additional support with postsecondary planning support.


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