Heroes of the Week: College Possible AmeriCorps Coaches and Volunteers
College Possible Milwaukee is partnered with 10 Milwaukee high schools and is looking to expand to additional schools later this spring. The branch also offers coaching for college-aged students at local colleges and universities, including Mount Mary University, Alverno College, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Parkside. The organization’s coaches are AmeriCorps members that College Possible Milwaukee’s Executive Director Edie Turnbull describes as “idealistic, young recent college graduates who are passionate about changing the world and leveling the playing field for our students.” Of note, College Possible Milwaukee students have increased their ACT scores by an average of 18% and 97% earned admission to college last year.
“Through access to education, we are working to help low-income students break the cycle of poverty and create a better future for themselves and the community,” says Turnbull. “The AmeriCorps members are the key to the success of the organization. They build strong relationships with their students and their dedication and service helps our students succeed.”
College Possible Milwaukee is currently seeking volunteers to help with its end-of-year launch party, its Summer Bridge program and Make A Difference Day. Donations of computer tablets, laptops, dorm refrigerators, microwaves, alarm clocks, graphing calculators and bicycles are appreciated—they are given as gifts to participating high school students who have excelled in the program. To learn more about College Possible Milwaukee, contact Sam Mott, external relations coordinator, at 414-220-9450 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit collegepossible.org.