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CUNY John Jay College (Talent Search)

  • Josefina Couture
  • Program Director
  • 2122378275

Program Description

Educational Talent Search is a pre-college counseling and career service program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare low-income, first-generation students for college. This program provides eligible participants with information about college admissions, financial aid, scholarships, test preparation, tutorial and counseling services that will encourage them to complete high school and pursue postsecondary education.

Success Stories

Marco Dwyer joined Educational Talent Search in Fall 2012. As a member of the program, he participated in the Fall SAT Prep as well as our service learning fundraisers for the John Jay College Holiday Party and AIDS Walk NY. Because of his outstanding commitment to service and the mission of Educational Talent Search, Marco was nominated to attend the 23rd Annual National Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. At the Conference, he met student representatives from all over the country, worked together as groups to learn policy making and leadership skills. In a speech he delivered during the 2013 Summer Program Award Ceremony, he summarized his experience at Educational Talent Search as, "I learned how to make friends, the hardships of life through hard work and the diligence needed when you want change." Marco graduated as salutatorian from Alfred E. Smith High School in Bronx, NY. He is a current freshman at New York City College Of Technology/CUNY and plans to study Architecture.

Services Provided

  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • American Indian or Native Alaskan: 1%
  • White: 4%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 14%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 49%
  • Other: 4%
  • African American: 29%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 705
  • Middle School: 53
  • Elementary School: 1
  • Post-secondary: 59
  • Non-traditional: 6

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 76%