Wanted: Schools and Sites in Need of College Advisers

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Does your high school or program need college advisers? AdviseAZ is looking for sites to host an AmeriCorps AdviseAZ member for the upcoming school year!

What is AdviseAZ?

AdviseAZ provides trained, dedicated, near-peer college advisers in high schools and community sites that serve significant numbers of low-income and first-generation college-going students. The advisers are current college students or recent college graduates.

The cost for a site or school to host a member for the 2022-2023 school year is FREE thanks to the Arizona Department of Education.

What can AdviseAZ do for schools?

In Arizona, the student-to-counselor ratio is the highest in the nation at 716:1 and school staff often don’t have the capacity to provide one-to-one college advising. High school students need support navigating the complex process of college admissions and financial aid. We believe that well-trained school counselors are poised to be the best method of ensuring students have access to postsecondary education.

Where school counselors are overstretched, AdviseAZ college advisers are able to serve as capacity builders and help support high school counseling staff in order to help increase the number of high school students who enter and complete postsecondary education.

How does it work?

After an intensive training process, advisers are poised to help students navigate the complex college exploration process, prepare and take college admissions tests, apply to colleges that are a good match/fit, complete the FAFSA, secure financial aid, and matriculate to college. These game-changing advisers serve as experts, mentors, and guides to the students they serve in partnership with school counselor(s), educators and community partners.

How can your school or organization get involved?

We are currently seeking high schools and community partners who are interested in having a part-time, AdviseAZ college adviser and dramatically raising their college-going rates through a systematic team approach!

Partner sites will be selected through a competitive selection process based on the information provided in your application, letters of support, and the level of need.

For more information or to set up an application pre-review, contact Marissa Ziering, Administrative Specialist, at 602.595.7378.

Know any potential student advisers?

Do you know of any outstanding current college students, 2021 high school grads or 2022 high school grads that may be interested in becoming an AdviseAZ adviser? Please invite them to learn more and apply!

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