The College Admissions Project (CAP), a project of the Young Leadership Council, is a volunteer mentoring program providing individualized college admissions guidance to low income or first-generation New Orleans public high school students.
Increase college enrollment and create equality of educational outcomes for New Orleans public high school students.
The College Admission Project began during the 2007-2008 school year, working with 51 senior year students. CAP has now reached over 400 students throughout Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.
CAP is a cohort program for 12th grade students at participating schools. Each school has a cohort of 25 students each year. Students are matched with volunteer guides, who provide college admissions assistance to their students. CAP is a same-gender mentoring program and guides are young professionals in New Orleans who have attained at least an undergraduate degree.
Participating Schools 2013-2014:
International High School of New Orleans
Sophie B. Wright Charter School
Warren Easton High School
Kiolga Butler was a College Admissions Project (CAP) mentee in 2011-2012. Her goal was to gain admission to a nursing program at a historically Black college or university (HBCU). After being accepted to her first and second choice schools, Kiolga chose to enroll at Prairieview A&M in Texas. She is currently finishing her first year as a college student and she and her mentor still keep in touch.
CAP is a same-gender mentoring program, matching young men and women with mentors, or "guides" as we call them, by gender. Matching is also done based on the mentee's academic interest and the guide's educational and vocational experiences.
CAP is a school-based program where the college counselor or school counselor is part of the program team. CAP is 100% volunteer. In addition to the guides, there is an Administrative Volunteer Team that supports the program at its school locations.