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Source: Make the Road New York
Subject: Youth & School Programs
Type: Press Advisory

New York City to Open First Student Success Center


Contact: Oona Chatterjee  347 268


Stop the Presses: New york city
TO Open first student
success center


Two-Year Student Led
Campaign for More
College Access Turns
Vision For Educational Success Into Reality

BROOKLYN, NY – On Thursday November 1, 2007, New
York City’s first Student
Success Center
will open its doors on the Bushwick High School Campus. The center will provide
college access resources and a safe space for students seeking peer counseling,
conflict resolution, youth leadership workshops and other programs. The
idea for Student Success Centers was born from individual students and the Urban
Youth Collaborative – a youth led coalition of five non-profit organizations.
The centers are modeled after a similar, successful program in Philadelphia. After a trial period at the
Bushwick campus, Student Success Centers will be rolled out at other city
schools. Make the Road New York, a long-standing organizing group and service
provider in the Bushwick community, will run the Student
Success Center
on the Bushwick High School campus.

"Student Success Centers will help ensure
that our high school students have the knowledge, resources, and support they
need to apply to colleges and make informed decisions," Schools Chancellor Joel
Klein said. "I want to thank our public and private sector partners for showing
us that when communities, businesses, and schools come together, students have
an even better chance of achieving success."

WHEN:  Thursday
November 1, 2007 at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m

WHERE:  Bushwick High School Campus, 400
Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, NY    11237.
The event will be held in the "S" area, off of the school cafeteria.
There will be signs clearly indicating how to get there from the front desk of
the school.

WHO:  Students, parents, teachers, and education advocates from
the Brooklyn community, and supporting
organizations from high schools through out the city. Participants will also
include Department of Education representatives as well as representatives who
provided start up capital for the Center, including Deutsche Bank, Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.

WHY:  The
ceremony will mark the successful result of youth advocating for more college
resources."Instead of having to go to different
people and different places to gather information, students can go to a Success
Center, which offers a safe place to get all the support they need," said
Adilka Pimentel, a freshmen at York College in Queens who spent two years
advocating for the creation of the Student Success Centers.


Visuals:     Ribbon cutting ceremony, students who have been
working and supporting college pathways and student voice in schools with
signs. School officials and others available for interviews.