Cohorts

Overview

Currently, our College Planning Cohort Program (TM) is offered to high school students in grades 9 - 12. In August, 2018, we will begin offering our program to middle school students in grades 6 - 8. Our 9 - 11 grade program operates on an academic year. Students may register for one semester at a cost of $199.95 or for the full year at a cost of $349.95. There is no charge for students participating in school-district sponsored cohorts as the cost is paid for by their school district. Our program for high school seniors begins with a College Planning Boot Camp during the summer of following students' junior year of high school. The goal of the 5-day Boot Camp is for students to emerge with a Common Application Essay, finalized college list, college scholarship table, and college admissions plan.

How the Program Works

Students are enrolled in our online College Planning Cohort Google Classroom, through which they receive an average of 4 activities per month as part of our comprehensive college planning curriculum. These activities pertain to important components of the college and financial aid planning processes and are sequenced based on decisions that students must make throughout the academic year, such as selecting their course schedule, registering for the SAT or ACT, researching summer programs, and engaging in a self-analysis in such areas as grades, leadership, extracurricular activities, and service.

Monthly Meetings

Most cohorts have scheduled monthly meetings, during which time students engage in large group presentations and small group discussions. Some cohorts have a parent component, through which parents work alongside students, engage in small group discussions, and are able to have important questions answered regarding college planning, course scheduling, summer programs, and scholarship research.

Atlanta-area Cohort

The Atlanta-area Cohort, facilitated by Mychal and Nina Wynn, brings together multiple cohorts, such as the Girl Scouts Cohort, National Cohort, and Turner Chapel AME Church Cohort. Meetings are held on the second Sunday of the month at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Georgia from Noon - 1:30 pm. Participating students reside throughout the metro-Atlanta area and come from as far away as Gwinnett County. Participating students attend public and private high schools. The focus of meetings is to engage students and parents in round table discussions about what they learned from the previous month's activities as part of their overall college planning process and strategic planning.

Crossroads for Teens

The Crossroads for Teens Cohort, facilitated by Kirk and Angela Patterson, meets on the second Sunday of the month at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. Participating students reside in Cobb County and attend public and private middle and high schools. Guest speakers share their experiences across a broad range of  educational and career topics.

Florence County School District 3 (SC)

The Florence County School District 3 Cohort, comprised of Lake City High School seniors, is facilitated by Mychal and Nina Wynn. Monthly meetings are held on one Saturday per month at the School District Board Room from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, during which time students work on their essays, finalize college applications, research scholarships, complete the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profiles. Parents are invited to attend. Lake City High School has introduced a 'College 101' class, based on our College Planning Cohort curriculum. The class is being offered to current high school juniors who are planning to attend the Summer College Planning Boot Camp for rising high school seniors.

Guilford County Schools First Generation Cohort

The Guilford County Schools First Generation College Planning Cohort (NC) sponsored by the Guilford County Schools Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is facilitated by Mychal and Nina Wynn. Monthly meetings are held on one Saturday per month at Guilford Technical Community College in Greensboro, North Carolina from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Participating high school juniors and seniors attend with their parents.

The Next Episode

The Next Episode is a Teen Bible Study for high school juniors and seniors facilitated by Charles and Lora Williams at the Turner Chapel AME Church. Mychal and Nina Wynn provide college planning guidance for participating students and a monthly College Jeopardy competition between juniors and seniors. High school juniors, who are participating in the Atlanta-area cohort, are invited to attend. The Episode is held on the second Sunday of the month in the Turner Chapel AME Church Board Room during the worship service from 9:30 am - 11:30 am. 

United Ghana Christian Church

The United Ghana Christian Church Cohort, facilitated by Nana Birago Adjepong, meets on the second Sunday of the month at United Ghana Christian Church in Austell, Georgia. Participating students represent recent immigrants from Ghana who are learning how to develop comprehensive college-bound plans as they navigate the U.S. secondary and postsecondary educational systems.

WVICC

The World Victory International Christian Center Cohort, facilitated by Pastor Shandi Starks, meets on the second Sunday of the month at World Victory International Christian Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Participating students attend public and private high schools throughout the Greensboro, North Carolina area. Students and parents are engaged in round table discussions regarding the previous month's activities.