Every week, America Forward is highlighting a few examples of the vital work being done by our Coalition members to support students, families, educators, workers, elected leaders, advocates, and communities across the country. If your organization has resources, an announcement, or a story that you would like to see included, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Braven and Beyond 12
As we head into the winter months, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact job opportunities across every sector. To support the young people they serve, who are graduating into an unprecedented and difficult job market, Braven and Beyond 12 have partnered to offer the Braven Career Booster, “a short (2-week), online and virtual offering with content focused on strong career artifacts (i.e. resume, LinkedIn profile), networking and interviewing, the application process, and contingency planning in this new labor market.”
To support healthy learning and development during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zearn has developed critical tools and resources for hybrid learning for students, teachers, families, districts, and schools in order to help students reach and maintain academic goals, stay connected, and continue learning, whether virtually or in-person.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, creating support systems and building community is more important than ever before. To support its community, KIPP recently launched its first ever National Alumni Network, designed to provide resources, support, and programming to the over 30,000 KIPP alumni across the United States. Focus areas for the new Network include career connections and advancement, regional alumni associations and alumni councils, mental health and wellness support, entrepreneurship and creativity, financial planning, leadership development, civic engagement, and more.
College Advising Corps
In response to the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, College Advising Corps (CAC) moved their services 100% online, continuing to offer virtual advising services to their community of “low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education.” Their most recent annual report revealed that, while the 2019-2020 school year was one of the most challenging to date, CAC still had an incredible impact, deploying “829 near-peer advisers who served more than 240,000 students at 782 high schools in 17 states.”
Bottom Line continues to serve their community by offering critical resources for students online. In addition to offering both high school and college advising support services, they also provide high school resources such as information on the Common Application, FAFSA, scholarships, and more, along with college resources like academic resources and information on employability and financial aid, in order to help young people persevere during COVID-19 and beyond.
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