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College Admissions Project

  • College Admissions Project
  • 1840 Euterpe Street
  • New Orleans, LA 70113
  • 504-585-1500
  • 2007

Program Description


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.

Program Model:

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

Success Stories

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.

Best Practices Library

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.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 10%
  • Other: 9%
  • African American: 80%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 90
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (3)


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Barry University
  • Birmingham Southern College
  • California College of the Arts - CCA
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Delgado Community College
  • Dillard University
  • Goucher College
  • Hendrix College
  • Howard University
  • Judson University
  • Langston University
  • Lincoln University
  • Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
  • Louisiana State University-Eunice
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • McNeese State University
  • Memphis College of Art
  • Millsaps College
  • Morehouse College
  • Nicholls State University
  • Northwestern State University of Louisiana
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Prairie View A & M University
  • Saint Louis University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southern University and A & M College
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • Spring Hill College
  • St. John's University
  • Stonehill College
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 70%