College Access: Research & Action (CARA)
CARA provides college access and success support through a whole-school intervention. Its College Inquiry and College Bridge programs, which we supported, is a strategic partnership with schools that builds college-access organizational infrastructures. CARA’s work is premised on the idea that creating a strong college access infrastructure in schools (one that builds substantive and permanent college access systems and measurable knowledge among staff, students, and families) coupled with youth leadership for college access (supported by in-depth training) leads to better-informed post-secondary choices and matriculation outcomes. Schools that have partnered with CARA, with our support, and implemented both programs for at least three years have seen an increase of up to 20% in post-secondary matriculation rates, and an increase of up to 10% higher than those of peer comparison schools in New York City.