College Admissions Project

College Admissions Project (CAP) pairs YLC volunteers with under-served high school seniors to help them navigate the requirements necessary to successfully apply to college.

How it Works

Volunteer “Guides” meet with students regularly to help draft a college wish list, meet application deadlines, edit essays, tackle FAFSA, search for and apply for financial aid, etc. Guides receive a manual and training, as well as support meetings to help properly serve the student they are matched with.

Requirements to be a Guide

All Guides must:

  • Pass a national and local criminal background check.
  • Attend a Guide training.
  • Communicate and meet with students regularly.
  • Submit monthly Guide reports.
  • Commit to a full school year with their matched student.

Get Involved

Volunteer recruitment is from May–July with Guide-Student matches taking place in August. Volunteers should expect to meet with their student match at least once monthly thereafter throughout the school year.

Interested in being a Guide?

View Guide Application

If you want to volunteer, email the project leaders at cap@ylcnola.org

CAP Fee Waiver

College Admissions Project RFP

The College Admissions Project (CAP) opened a Request for Proposals (RFP).  CAP invites Orleans Parish public high schools to submit proposals to host the CAP program during the 2015-2016 school year.

CAP is a volunteer mentoring program that provides college admissions guidance to low-income or first-generation college students in New Orleans public high schools.  Established in 2007, CAP is committed to increasing college enrollment and improving educational outcomes for New Orleans public high school students.

Each fall, the program pairs high school seniors with YLC members who serve as the students’ volunteer “guides.”  Guides meet with their students regularly to draft a college wish list, discuss application deadlines, provide ACT prep, edit essays, file the FAFSA, and search for and apply to scholarships.  Guides are trained on the college admissions process, are supported by a volunteer administrative team, and partner with staff members at participating high schools.

Proposals are due by Friday, April 10, 2015.  


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