College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence)
Athens Drive Magnet High School has partnered with Ernst & Young to implement the College MAP program.
Unlocking students’ potential Across the Americas, EY encourages our people to volunteer in our communities to improve access to education. In the US, we place special emphasis on college and university access — especially for underserved students. This strategic focus on education:
► Mobilizes the business and problem-solving skills of EY professionals to address a compelling community need
► Counteracts the effects of the current economic environment, which has made it more challenging for students to pay for higher education
► Expands and enhances the talent pool from which EY, as well as our clients and community, will draw future employees
And it’s personal, too. One-third of EY employees in the US are first-generation college graduates.
A MAP for success
Many high school students don’t consider going to college. The goal seems too distant, the application process too confusing, the cost too expensive and the rewards too unclear. At EY, our people are working to remove these obstacles. We want to encourage students to apply for college, and help them succeed once they get there.
Through College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence), we help demystify the process of applying to and affording college, encouraging students who might not have considered applying for college to do so. Then we work with students to build the skills that will help them persist in completing their post- secondary goals:
► Awareness of the lifelong benefits of earning a higher education
► Financial readiness that helps students apply for aid and pay for college
► Persistence skills to help students complete and succeed in careers Since its start in 2009, College MAP has helped close to 800 young people by engaging 560 EY professionals as youth mentors in our communities.
How College MAP works To implement the program, we collaborate with high schools and a not-for-profit organization called College For Every Student (CFES). Together, we identify young people who most need our support and bring College MAP directly to them. CFES brings a wealth of experience in curriculum development and a strong network of university relationships to the table. We provide volunteer mentors in more than 20 major cities across the US.
Mentoring in teams Volunteers work in teams. The program matches small groups of EY professionals with high school juniors and seniors. The team-mentoring model has several advantages: multiple mentors provide insight and guidance to the students in the program, busy client-serving professionals are able to balance work and a long-term mentoring commitment and the group of students becomes its own supportive academic community.
Everybody wins College MAP benefits the students we serve, our communities and our people: Students. Being a part of College MAP offers students valuable academic coaching and support. Over the years, we’ve seen 90% of the students who participate in College MAP graduate high school and pursue higher education.
Communities. Schools receive EY’s professional experience and support; this can be a critical helping hand at a time when many school counselors handle caseloads of more than 500 students. More broadly, College MAP lays the foundation for students to have successful careers after college, which ultimately will benefit our communities.
Our Mentors. College MAP lets our people create positive social change while developing and practicing their professional skills: demonstrating leadership, speaking in public and collaborating with people from diverse backgrounds. Each mentor also receives intensive pre-mentoring training and access to a robust curriculum, as well as participating in ongoing mentoring webcasts. EY’s annual Global People Survey finds EY people who mentor are more engaged and take greater pride in working at EY than their peers. Thought leadership in education Published studies show clearly that the US educational system fails to produce graduates with the skills needed to succeed in the global marketplace. This failure is particularly acute when it comes to disadvantaged youth.
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For more information about the EY College MAP at Athens Drive contact Mrs. Brown in Student Services.