Monday, January 25, 2016
ReServe's READY Program
This week’s cool ideas is ReServe's READY program in New York, which helps low-income students apply to college by training and deploying professionals age 55 and up as college mentors.
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The ReServe and AmeriCorps partnership has created more than 100 AmeriCorps ReServist direct-service opportunities in New York City and Miami, Florida.
Experienced and motivated older adults, age 55-plus, can contribute their life and professional skills by committing to long-term, direct-service AmeriCorps assignments.
AmeriCorps ReServists create, improve and expand services that address diverse issues such as youth development, education, adult literacy, individual professional and economic development, and adults who are homebound and isolated.
AmeriCorp READY ReServists help over-burdened college counselors in approximately 70 high-need urban high schools.
They meet with students and their families to familiarize them with their college options, complete financial aid and college applications, and help them evaluate their financial aid packages.
College mentors reach over 2500 students in over 50 schools.
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