YouthBuild USA Announces Commitment to Expand College Access at White House Event

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama and Bard College student Troy Simon, delivers remarks

On December 4, 2014, YouthBuild USA’s Founder, Dorothy Stoneman, joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

YouthBuild USA commits to expanding the reach and impact of its College & Career Readiness strategies by ensuring ongoing placement of at least 50 transition coordinators at YouthBuild programs across the country over the next four academic years. These transition coordinators play the critical role of easing students’ transition from YouthBuild into college and career settings. They provide quality college affordability counseling, help students navigate complex postsecondary admission and enrollment systems, and support their ongoing academic success.

Through these expanded efforts, YouthBuild USA expects to increase the FAFSA completion rate, increase the college application and access rates, and decrease the need for remedial college classes at entry -- all geared towards increased college completion rates for YouthBuild students across the country.

Follow along on social media: #CollegeOpportunity or watch the event online: WhiteHouse.gov/College-Opportunity

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)