“Our college and career readiness results far exceed our comparison group and the borough as a whole,” said Jon Daly, Principal at the Bronx’s Eximius College Preparatory Academy at a principals’ reception at the Harvard Club on February 7.
Last year 100 percent of the 30 CFES students in Eximius’ 12th grade class went off to college, propelled by more than two million dollars in scholarships and other financial aid.
“CFES Brilliant Pathways has helped us do all of this. They’ve played a crucial role in the development of our college and career readiness culture. We’ve incorporated their three core practices into our everyday work. It’s not an add on. It’s central to everything we do,” said Daly.
Executive Superintendent of Brooklyn North, Karen Watts, talked about the success of her 200,000-student district in getting students to attend college and enter the workforce, and how CFES helped in that area when she was principal at Wadleigh a decade ago.
Daly and other educators gave examples of dramatic increases in college and career readiness among New York City schools, achieved through partnerships with CFES Brilliant Pathways. Key to that culture change has been the infusion of over 500 CFES corporate and college partners and 3,000 volunteers nationwide. One of these CFES-created partnerships has allowed 400 Bronx students to attend and graduate from the University of Vermont.
The Harvard Club event was a networking opportunity for educational leaders to meet corporate and business partners. Principals and staff from Wadleigh, Richard R Green, Pelham Prep, Eximius, Bronx Leadership Academy, and Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts met with partners to set up job shadowing and mentoring opportunities, as well as other initiatives for their students.
Bill Gussman, partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, told participants how his firm has provided students with a law career pathway and a curriculum to support it. “We have an army of educated, interested and motivated professionals who want to make a difference by helping young people succeed,” said Gussman. “Our people come from many different backgrounds and different parts of the country, so they can offer a wide range of perspectives.”
TransPerfect, the world’s largest privately-owned language services provider, recently hosted 20 CFES students at an event exposing them to new careers. TransPerfect employees will soon volunteer at CFES schools to share stories about their own pathways to college and the workplace.
Ryan Williams and Porter Braswell, co-founders of Jopwell, a career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals, shared internship opportunities for CFES students, and how they can help graduates advance professionally as they have for thousands of other young people.
Educators also met with members of the CFES Junior Advisory Board, a network of young professionals. “Making connections for young professional who want to make a tangible impact, that’s what the board is all about,” said Justin Chukumba, Chair of the Advisory Board and manager of new member development for WeWork.
“Tonight was a celebration of the work our CFES principals do every day in changing the life trajectories of their students,” said CFES President Rick Dalton. “It was also a chance for us to thank our partners and Junior Advisory Board members who give our CFES Scholars and alumni critical guidance and workforce opportunities.”