The Washington Campus Compact "College Access Corps" grant is a grant funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) that supports local economically disadvantaged K-12 youth to:
▪ Become more academically engaged in their education.
▪ Increase academic preparedness for post-secondary education.
▪ Become more knowledgable about the college application and financial aid process.
The College Access Corps grant allows selected member campuses, non-profits, or K-12 institutions to bring on board an AmeriCorps member to help coordinate college access programs in their local communities. AmeriCorps members will recruit and train college students from their campuses or participating campuses to act as college access coaches to economically disadvantaged youth in schools, community agencies, or to student groups, that have a student population that is at least 50% eligible for the federally-funded free/reduced lunch program.
▪To recruit and train 500 college students to act as college access coaches that provide at least 15 hours of college access intervention to 4,300 ED K-12 youth.
▪To have at least 70% of participating ED K-12 youth report, through a pre- and post- survey, improvement in academic engagement, academic preparedness for post-secondary education, and knowledge about how to apply to and pay for post-secondary education.
▪To recruit 1,580 volunteers for National Days of Service and other community service events.