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In fall 2013, CHLDC opened a Middle School Student Success Center, the first of its kind in New York City. The MS SSC is a youth-led center that assists students at IS 171 with planning for career and higher education success. We offer services to help middle school students make informed decisions about the high school choice process, prepare their application for admission, and connect them to citywide support organizations for middle school students of color.
The MS SSC provides counseling and workshops to help students and families choose high schools that are the best fit for them. We coordinate trips to high schools and colleges to expose students to the different educational opportunities in New York City. A core part of the MS SSC model involves having youth leaders; middle school students who are trained in counseling their peers around the high school choice process. We also offer an SH SAT preparation course to support students in applying to specialized high schools and performing arts audition workshops to help students audition for the top performing arts high schools in NYC. We are expanding our services to support students in transitioning successfully into high school and learning more about the steps needed to attain higher education.
Yaslin Turbides, Director of MS SSC
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