Through our AdviseAZ Americorps program, Education Forward Arizona places current college students or recent college graduates in high schools to act as near-peer advisers. They work alongside high school counselors and staff helping students navigate the complex college exploration process, take college admissions tests, apply to college, complete the FAFSA, and secure financial aid in order to pursue a postsecondary education.

The funding for this program comes from AmeriCorps and supports 50 AdviseAZ members in their work to help more than 2,500 students who are low-income, first-generation and/or students of color. The advisers are placed in low-income, Title I designated high schools and in community sites where they will work to increase the number of high school students who enter and complete a postsecondary education. These sites are located across Arizona in cities like Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff as well as rural areas such as Yuma, Pinal, Cochise, Gila, Mohave and Graham counties.

As a part of the national AmeriCorps program, the members will receive education awards of up to $6,300 after completing a full term of service that they can use to pursue their own postsecondary education or to pay off student loans.

Services

  • One-on-one student advising
  • Workshops for students and families
  • Senior college applications
  • College Application Campaign
  • FAFSA Completion services
  • College fairs
  • Scholarship applications
  • ACT preparation
  • Financial aid literacy
  • Summer melt interventions
  • FAFSA verification assistance
  • ECAP Assistance

Metrics

  • College applications
  • College enrollment
  • Scholarship applications and awards
  • FAFSA completion
  • ACT scores
  • Student participation in one-on-one advising sessions
  • Student participation in college visits
  • Student and/or parent participation in college workshops and services, including, but not limited to, College Application Campaign, FAFSA Workshops, etc.

At a Glance

AdviseAZ AmeriCorps has served school districts and community agencies in Arizona since 2019. AmeriCorps Members strive to meet the needs of youth and expand coordination between school districts, community members, and other social service and community agencies to increase college-going and attainment rates.

As a team, we work towards measured goals throughout the year to see the impact made on organizations, community members, and students that members serve throughout our state. AdviseAZ AmeriCorps offers placements in AmeriCorps State/National through the Governor’s Office on Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF).

AmeriCorps State/National (named to distinguish between State and National funding) is an intensive service program located in nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community-based groups across the country.