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Building Community. Growing Leaders.

The College Success Programs (CSP) division offers comprehensive programming for participants and community members, with a primary goal to support residents within Cypress Hills and East New York towards completion of a college credential within 6 years of high school graduation. Services offered within the CSP division include: 


Community Schools

  • High School Attendance Outreach + Dropout Prevention

  • Mental Health Counseling

Student Success Centers (Franklin K. Lane + Thomas Jefferson Campuses)

  • College Access Counseling + Programming

College STEPS & Persistence

  • College Matriculation Support

  • College Persistence Advisement

Cesiah Toro Mullane Scholarship Fund​

Patricia Tanner Scholarship

Division Contact:
Courtney Camacho, M.S. Ed.

Director of College Success Programs

276 Chestnut St, Brooklyn, NY 11208

Community Schools

Community Schools

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources.  Its integrated focus on academics, services, supports, and opportunities leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.


At the Franklin K. Lane Campus, we have three Community Schools: Brooklyn Lab School, Cypress Hills Collegiate Preparatory High School, and Multicultural High School. 


Jeanette Farias

Community Schools Director, Brooklyn Lab School

Franklin K. Lane Campus, 999 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11208


Phone: (718) 647-2100 ext. 5501

Student Success Centers

Student Success Centers

The CSP division currently runs two Student Success Centers (SSCs), one each on the Franklin K. Lane and Thomas Jefferson campuses. Each SSC is a centralized postsecondary office of the campus, and provides early college awareness, college access counseling, financial aid advisement, and career exploration.  A key component of each SSC are the Youth Leaders, current high school students trained to serve as peer counselors and educators around college access.



Franklin K. Lane Campus

Tiarah Vergara

Director, Student Success Center

999 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11208

Room 501


Phone: (718) 647-2100 ext. 5501


Thomas Jefferson Campus

Melissa Billings

Director, Student Success Center

400 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207


College STEPS

College STEPS Program & Persistence

The College STEPS office is located at our new community center, Chestnut Commons 276 Chestnut Street, and provides both college access and persistence support to students interested in pursuing a postsecondary degree. Our College Persistence Program provides year-round support services to help our students persist in college and graduate. College Persistence Counselors, along with College Coaches (who are current college students), provide support services to students including: on-campus office hours at colleges, summer programming to help students prepare for college, and group workshops on topics such as how to discuss concerns with navigating college campuses, accessing academic assistance, transfer advisement, financial literacy, resume writing and job readiness.



Aderys (Addy) Adames

Director of College Persistence and College STEPS

276 Chestnut St, Brooklyn, NY 11208


Phone: (718) 484-8531

Cesiah Toro Mullane Scholarship Fund

The Cesiah Toro Mullane Scholarship Fund offers two scholarships a year to current participants in our CSP programming. ​

CTM 2021 Scholarship Application: CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

Deadline to apply is Friday, May 27th, 2022

Read more about the application and eligibility process here.

Patricia Tanner Scholarship

The Patricia Tanner Scholarship will award two new first year $500 scholarships to Cypress Hills’ residents who exemplify Pat Tanner’s values and life. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, travel, and other college related expenses.  The scholarship is intended to support financially needy students pursuing a 2 year Associate’s degree or trade certification.

Apply Here: ​

Application deadline is Friday, June 3rd 2022

If you’re looking for a particular service, but don’t know the name of the program, head to the

“How Can We Help You?” form so that a member of our program staff can contact you directly.

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