Exec. Dir. Profiled in St. Charles Avenue

Local magazine St. Charles Avenue recently chatted with Executive Director Paris Woods about our mission, her path to the work of educational equity, and the impact we are having here in New Orleans. We’re so grateful for the chance to share more about our programs!

For the full article, click here.

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Major Grant from Entergy Supports Local College Student Success

The Entergy Charitable Foundation has announced a $100,000 grant to College Beyond in support of its college success coaching program at the University of New Orleans in the 2017-2018 school year.

“We are so grateful for Entergy’s commitment to post-secondary success for students from our community,” said College Beyond Executive Director Paris Woods. “This gift will directly support our local college success program, which is currently reaching more than 75 incoming freshmen at UNO. These are students from New Orleans public high schools, and we are excited to work with them as they make the transition to college.”

An early supporter of College Beyond’s pilot programs, the Entergy Charitable Foundation renews and deepens its support of the College Beyond’s mission through this major grant.

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Executive Director Honored with 2017 Millennials Award

 

Exec. Dir. Paris Woods receiving the 2017 Millennials Award in Education on June 15.

A cross-sector awards ceremony, the Millennials Awards celebrate young change-makers in the Greater New Orleans Region.

This Saturday, College Beyond Co-founder and Executive Director Paris Woods was honored as the winner of a 2017 Millennials Award in the category of Education.

We send a hearty congratulations to all the winners and finalists, and sincere thanks to the event organizers and sponsors! Read more about the Awards and this year’s honorees here.

Congratulations, Paris!

 

 

 


Meet College Beyond Student Michael Fernandez

What a great year 2016-2017 has been. We have had a blast working with amazing freshmen at Loyola University and the University of New Orleans this academic year, and we can’t wait to meet the incoming freshmen class! We caught up with UNO’s Michael Fernandez to debrief the year and hear what advice he has to share as a rising sophomore. Check out his insights below!

Michael Fernandez, UNO Class of 2020, International High School Class of 2016

What made you choose UNO? What are you planning to major in, or most interested in studying right now, and why?

UNO was the closest school that had my major, Mechanical Engineering, and it was very affordable and close to home. The thought of working with engines and mechanical parts working together is why I chose this major. My love of cars started when I was young; when I first saw a red Ferrari F40. It sounded so loud and vicious, something that would put you back into your seat. That’s when I started my obsession with cars and engines and how they work. I can just look at a car and tell you what the model, company, and year of the car.

What’s the best part of your freshman year?

The classes. The instructors are really nice and informative, in the way they explain materials. It was easy to transition to UNO. It seems like I had a good framework of people I knew and people already coming here. It seems to be easy to catch up on what I should be taking for classes and which instructors to choose. It’s one of those universities that it’s not too big, so you can get to know the people on campus.

What challenges have you encountered this year, and what have you done to overcome them?

I’ve had a couple teachers that have been difficult. Some have not been able to communicate to students in a way that is understandable. I ended up coming together with other students to study and help each other out in that class.

This Spring semester, I wasn’t doing so hot in chemistry. It was the middle of the semester and seemed like things weren’t going to get better. I switched out of the class and picked up a philosophy class. It was so good and my GPA was saved in a mid-semester “Hail Mary.”

Can you talk a little about working with Ms. Erica through College Beyond? What about her coaching have you found most useful, and why?

She really helped me in getting a second opinion and thinking outside the box. For example, we were able to look at what we could do differently with my class load. That’s when I decided that I could drop chemistry and replace it with philosophy to save my GPA. Philosophy will also count towards one of my humanities credits that I need to fulfill for my major. It’s actually a pretty fun class too!

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? What are your goals after college?

Graduated and working as an engineer for an automobile company, that’s my dream job. I would love to custom design and build parts for specialty cars.

Hundreds of new high school graduates across New Orleans are about to start college in just a few weeks. You’re already through that process! What advice would you share with them?

Don’t wait until the last minute! You don’t have to have your mind set on your major and track yet but try to have a good idea of where you want to go. Don’t slack and don’t skip. It’s easy to skip auditorium classes but you’d rather not because you will be lost in the class.

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College Beyond Board of Directors Welcomes David Robinson-Morris and Katie Walmsley

College Beyond is delighted to welcome two new Directors to our Board: higher education scholar and Xavier University administrator David Robinson-Morris and Teach For America Finance and Administration Officer Katie Walmsley.

Read more about Mr. Robinson-Morris and Ms. Walmsley in their bios.

Dr. David Robinson-Morris. (Photo by Irving Johnson III.)

Ms. Katie Walmsley

 


What’s a metaphor for College Beyond? A village.

Dr. Andre Perry and Paris Woods at the WBOK 1230 station on March 28.

Many thanks to our Propeller mentor, Dr. Andre Perry, for the invitation to talk college persistence on his WBOK radio show, Free College, this week.

Dr. Perry asked Exec. Dir. Paris Woods, “Particularly if you’re a first generation college student, you don’t naturally have these support systems in place. If there’s a metaphor for your organization, what is it? Is it a family? A safety net?”

So often, the way we think of college is, ‘Now students are on their own, it’s a matter of independence,’ and that no student is relying on anyone else for support. And I think that’s a great myth about how college education works in this country.

Paris’s answer: “I think one metaphor might be that of a village. So often, the way we think of college is, ‘Now students are on their own, it’s a matter of independence,’ and that no student is relying on anyone else for support. And I think that’s a great myth about how college education works in this country.

Every student receives support. I think about how I was a first generation student, but I went to school [at Harvard] with plenty of students with many generations of college attendance…and how much they relied on their parents, how many different folks they could call for an answer to a question that they had. And we want to be in that position both to provide support to students but to connect them to a network of support that they might not otherwise have access to.”

Check out the full video, which The Hechinger Report streamed live on its Facebook page, here.

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Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust Makes Gift to College Beyond

College Beyond is delighted to announce a grant from the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust to support our 2017-2018 programs.

The Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust was established from the generosity of World War II veteran and New Orleans business man Oscar J. Tolmas, who donated his entire estate to the trust. The Trust is focused on supporting the social benefit missions of local charitable organizations. We are grateful for the Trust’s support, which is focused on our 2017-2018 student coaching services.

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College Beyond Joins Propeller’s 2017 Growth Accelerator

Growth Accelerator Class of 2017, Photo courtesy of Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation

After an impactful Fall semester in Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation’s Startup Accelerator, College Beyond is thrilled to have been selected to participate in Propeller’s 2017 Growth Accelerator.

College Beyond will join 15 other growth-phase social enterprises across food, water, education, and health sectors for the Growth Accelerator’s three-month intensive in Spring 2017. Focused on scale and financial sustainability, the Growth Accelerator helps impact-oriented businesses and non-profits to quickly build capacity in support of their missions.

Learn more about the amazing innovators who make up the 2017 grow-and-scale accelerator cohort at Propeller’s website.

College Beyond’s work is made possible through the generous support of our donors and their belief in the capacity of the young people in our city. Learn more about our community of support on our investors page.

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College Beyond Joins Local Leaders in GNOF Exec. Dir. Fundamentals Program

Members of the GNOF fundamentals program gather in late January 2017. Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Business Report.

At College Beyond, we believe in constant learning and growth. We support young people in their development as students, and we know that our own development as professionals and as an organization is essential to our mission as well.

What’s better than getting to do that growth in community?

This January, College Beyond’s Paris Woods got to join fellow Executive Directors from non-profits across New Orleans in a three-day intensive through the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Executive Director Fundamentals Program.

Led by the amazing folks at CompassPoint, the group spent three days learning and applying new approaches to help their respective organizations move faster and more strategically toward their unique and important missions.

Many thanks to the Greater New Orleans Foundation for creating this opportunity, and to the New Orleans Business Report for snapping the group photos at right!

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