Detroit College Ambassadors (DCA)
The Detroit College Ambassador (DCA) program is an annual youth leadership project in which selected students who attended or are attending Detroit area high schools serve as near-peer youth college ambassadors who promote college-going cultures within their schools and social circles. These students act as community leaders within the city of Detroit. We train the ambassadors to work with their high school counselors and school administrators to create or enhance the college-going culture in their buildings. The ambassadors engage in peer-to-peer support and knowledge sharing to increase postsecondary planning, college applications completion, and FAFSA completion in their school buildings and throughout the city.
The Detroit College Ambassador Program Piloted in the Summer of 2019 with former College Advisors and the Executive Director of DCAN. The DCA Program is now in year 2 with 6 new ambassadors. The ambassador program hosts programming around post secondary readiness and attainment. The DCA leadership team also provides their Peers vs Pennants Ambassador training to train other students in Detroit to act as ambassadors in their schools.
The DCA program widens DCAN’s capacity to support every Detroit high school student in creating and executing postsecondary plans. Peer-to-peer support and knowledge sharing is uniquely effective because youth are largely impacted by other youths. Ultimately, the Ambassadors directly influence the futures of thousands of peers by causing them to take actions toward attaining higher education credentials and encouraging their peers, families, and communities to do the same. Peer network building reinforces citywide postsecondary education and economic advancement.
70% of students on listserv complete FAFSA application.
70% of students on listserv apply for enrollment into at least one college or postsecondary professional trade certification program.
70% of students on listserv register for Detroit Promise, a Detroit Regional Chamber sponsored two-and-four-year scholarship opportunities.
70% of students on listserv are accepted to a college or postsecondary professional trade school or program.