College EDge, Inc. assists underrepresented public high school students to attain a post-secondary education. With a primary focus on promoting college and college awareness among its targeted students, College EDge, Inc. enables them to begin their path to college through educational seminars and workshops, networking events, college fairs, and mentorship programs. Programs are also run for students who prefer trade school, certification programs, and other college alternatives.
College EDge, Inc. works in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and receives partial funding from the New York City Council.
What We Do
College EDge, Inc. runs numerous events throughout the year out of multiple university campuses as well as on-site at certain high schools. Events are catered to the needs of students expressed by public high school administrators and the New York City Department of Education. College EDge, Inc. has also launched two mentorship programs which pair undergraduates with public high school students to serve as mentors who help inform, excite, and prepare their mentee for college and its challenges. Specialized writing mentors also assist mentees with their college essays.
The College EDge Annual Seminar and Fair Day is the largest event of the year, open to all New York public high schools. The first annual event on April 8, 2011 attracted 77 students from the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. The full day program included a panel discussion featuring representatives from CUNY, SUNY, Ivy League, and other colleges who explained how to best prepare for college admissions, what advantages are offered by attending different types of schools, financial aid opportunities, and responded to audience questions. The program also provided workshops on the importance of the SATs and how to prepare for them, how to approach paying for college, and how to write a personal statement, tours of Yeshiva University to show what a college campus is like, and a 25-school college fair. The Third Annual Seminar and Fair Day on February 22, 2013 had over 200 students in attendance, offered more workshops, and attracted even more colleges and high schools.
College EDge, Inc. is a registered Non-Profit organization in the State of New York, and is currently filing for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It is also currently seeking to expand by opening chapters at other colleges.