Collegiate Express is an innovative dual-generation approach to ensuring low-income students reach and succeed in college. In Flatbush, Brooklyn, where Collegiate Express operates, 33% of young adults are living in poverty, 60% of families are severely rent-burdened, and more than 20% of students at local high schools report that they have stayed home from school due to fear about their personal safety.
According to our community needs assessment, 89% of parents in our target community identified college success as one of the goals they have for their children after high school. Parents who are non-US citizens and those with the lowest educational attainment were the MOST likely to report talking to their children daily about the importance of college and their subsequent careers. Unfortunately, many of these parents lacked the information and direct experience needed to best support their children in the pursuit of their educational goal.
The Collegiate Express program was designed with the understanding that young people cannot navigate the path to college alone – empowering and educating parents is the key to engaging them in the planning of their child’s future. We work with students and their parents through academic advisement, college tours, financial education, summer internships, and a parent-coach network comprised of community parents whose own children successfully entered college. College Express begins in 9th grade and provides support to program participants throughout high school, the college application process, college enrollment, and beyond.
Volunteer Opportunities: CAMBA offers a range of customizable volunteer opportunities with the Collegiate Express program such as financial literacy workshops for youth and adults, as well as mock interviews, college essay writing workshops or career day sessions for youth applying to college or entering the workforce
The Collegiate Express program is supported by private grants and gifts with leading support from The Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, Santander Bank, the McCance Family Foundation and the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation. On behalf of our prospective and current first-generation college students and their families, we thank all of our funders for their generosity.
1957 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210