In 2014, Ernst & Young (EY) committed to expand College MAP to Houston, TX, Louisville, KY, New Orleans, LA, and Rochester NY. In each city, EY will deploy a Partner/Principal to serve as the Executive Sponsor, two EY executives to serve as the Program Directors, and a cohort of 15-20 EY professionals to serve as mentors to high school students. Additional cities will be added at a rate of four/year in 2015 and 2016 to impact a total of over 4,000 students.
EY professionals will mentor a student for a minimum of four hours per month during the school year and two hours per month during the summer, over two years. Each city will elect a CMAP Collegian City President who will serve as a liaison between his or her peers and the central CMAP Persistence Team.
EY will also launch the College MAP Collegian Program, a persistence strategy designed to reengage alumni of the College MAP program, who have graduated from the College MAP Access program, through the completion of their post-secondary education. Resources will include: 1) peer to peer mentoring; 2) an EY professional mentor; 3) 12 monthly professional development sessions; and 4) a system to track and monitor each scholar engagement and development during their participation in the program. A total of 1,103 scholars will receive mentoring through the Access and Persistence programming over the three year commitment.
Finally, EY will engage other companies to support the education and professional success of youth by having EY's CEO and COO discuss the company's initiatives in speeches and op-eds, and by speaking about College CMAP at one of the flagship corporate responsibility conferences in the US. EY will work with MENTOR to develop a white paper on the best practice in corporate involvement in youth mentoring with the goal of increasing private sector engagement. MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is an organization that, along with its network of affiliate Mentoring Partnerships, sets evidence-based standards and identifies best practices, provides training, advocates for supportive public policy and promotes quality youth mentoring.
The Persistence program will be implemented in July 2014 and there will be monthly touch points with the College MAP Collegians beginning in August/September. EY will provide quarterly updates regarding contact points with the College MAP Collegians and share the information that they are providing regarding their experiences and challenges that they are facing. The program curriculum is outlined below.
Launch College MAP in new cities.
Call 1: Establishing Your Team: Developing Relationships With People On Campus Who Can Support Your Goals
Call 2: Time to Decide: Selecting or Changing a Major
Webinar: Planning Ahead: Making The Best Use of Your Study Time
Call 1: Finding The Dollars: Reapplying For and Securing Financial Aid
Call 2: Am I The Only One Who ??: Addressing Common Obstacles
Call 1: Exploring Your Options: Finding Summer Opportunities
Call 2: Help! I Don't Get It!: Finding Academic Support So You Can Succeed
Webinar: Getting Your Diploma: Ensuring that You Are Meeting Your Graduation Requirements
Call 1: What Do I Want?: Goal Setting For Next Month, Next Year and Beyond
Call 2: Putting Your Best Foot Forward: A College MAP Guide to Professionalism
Webinar: Alphabet Soup: Using the Vocabulary of Higher Education Like a Pro
The new College MAP cities will be launched in September 2014 and EY will provide monthly updates including materials that are presented at the monthly College MAP sessions and for years 2014- 2017, they will provide the same data as the new cities are launched.
Experts predict that 60% of jobs in the US will require post-secondary education by 2018, yet only 30% of students in the bottom quarter of incomes enroll in a four-year school; and, among that group, fewer than half graduate (Lumina Foundation, 2009).
Dismal enrollment and graduation numbers are often connected to challenges related to college access. Many low-income high school students do not consider going to college. The goal seems distant, the application process too confusing, the cost too expensive and the rewards are unclear.
The second set of challenges relate to college persistence. About a quarter of college freshmen born into the bottom half of the income distribution will manage to collect a bachelor's degree by age 24, compared to almost 90% of freshmen born into families in the top income quartile.
Through College Mentoring for Access and Persistence (College MAP), Ernst & Young's (EY) signature Corporate Responsibility program in education, helps to demystify the process of applying to and affording college, encouraging students who might not have considered applying for college to do so. EY collaborates with College For Every Student (CFES), national nonprofit organization, to identify high schools in more than 20 major cities across the US with students who lack the supports to access college. Through the College MAP, EY matches small groups of EY professionals with high school juniors and seniors to provide mentorship support through the college application process. Since its start in 2009, College MAP has positioned 560 EY professionals to help over 800 young people. The program has a high school graduation rate of over 90%, which surpasses the average 80% graduation rate of schools from which the students are recruited. The program is especially meaningful to EY professionals in the US, roughly one-third of who are first-generation college graduates.
EY would like to be connected with organizations and/or resources that have remedial curriculum focused on math and literacy for high schools, success with long-distance mentoring, college access for undocumented students, scholarship resources for underserved youth, and colleges and universities with successful bridge programs for underserved youth.