Mychal Wynn (Northeastern ’79)

Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 interrupted 2020-21 school year, all students in the 2021 Senior Cohort were offered admission to college and nearly 50% will enter college on a full scholarship, over 20 times the national average of 2%. We have not only spent the summer supporting rising high school students through boot camps in Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, but have developed multiple programs to support student success and students’ college-bound aspirations for the 2021-22 school year.

College Cohort (Grades 9 – 12)

Full-year College Planning Cohort (Grades 9 – 12): Planning is defined as: An orderly or step-by-step conception or proposal for accomplishing an objective; A proposed or intended course of action;or A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts.

College planning is not something that a student does in addition to school, but is a step-by-step approach to maximizing the available opportunities in each student’s school and school district. Each grade-level cohort is guided through a comprehensive 7-year middle-through-high school curriculum; and supported by high school and college interns; school counselors; parents; and college advisers. Students become part of a conversational community of students with similar college/career aspirations from throughout the country. Students participate in monthly grade-level discussions through which they explore their gifts, talents, personality, and interests; engage in self-reflection; set goals; select classes and activities; pursue leadership opportunities; research colleges and scholarships; hear from college admissions and financial aid officers; and are exposed to the success stories of students from similar socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds—all focused on developing the exceptional body of work needed to qualify for admission to top colleges and being awarded competitive scholarships.

Our 2021-22 College Cohort Classroom opens on September 1 and all-virtual monthly sessions begin on Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 10:00 am – Noon. Following a large group presentation, students engage in grade-level discussion groups (i.e., cohorts) focused on 9 monthly topics (grades 9 – 11). The cohort of high school seniors will be guided in meeting monthly deadlines; completing the FAFSA; choosing admission cycles; writing essays; submitting applications; reviewing financial aid award letters; finalizing college enrollment decisions; and pursuing the best college and scholarship opportunities.

Join a Cohort

In addition to our many college partners, we are excited to continue our partnerships with the Alpharetta-Smyrna Alumni Chapter (ASA) of the Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc.; Florence School District 3 (SC); Judson ISD (TX); and Pinellas County Schools (FL). If your fraternity, sorority, faith- or community-based organization would like to partner with us, please email:

Essay Writing Workshops

Our comprehensive 4-session Essay Writing Workshop Series, introduced in June, will be offered monthly throughout the 2021-22 school year to provide essay writing support for high school seniors applying to college and applying for scholarships. Students will be guided in writing high quality college, supplemental, and scholarship essays.

Writing Center

Comprehensive writing support for homework, research papers, essays, school papers, communication with colleges, and general writing needs for elementary through high school students through a weekly class and one-on-one support by appointment. Email for schedule and details. Florence School District 3 students should contact Lake City Early College High School Guidance Counselor, Ms. Kendra Wilson:

Applying for Scholarships

Students may begin researching and applying for scholarships at any grade level. Some of our students were selected as Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars during middle school. To support the scholarship aspirations of elementary, middle, and high school students, we have developed a self-guided online class, Applying for ScholarshipsOur staff will support students by responding to questions as students complete lessons guiding them through identifying, researching, and applying for scholarships.

One-on-One Support

Our goal is to meet every student’s needs in becoming successful students; successful college applicants; and successful scholarship recipients. Some students, particularly athletes, are unable to participate in our yearlong cohorts, and would best benefit from one-on-one or personalized college planning guidance. During the 2021-22 school year, we will be offering one-on-one guidance for students registered in our program and personalized college planning guidance for any student or parent with college or financial aid-related questions.

  • One-on-One Support: Available to students participating in our program, but who need support beyond our regular monthly cohort program. Sessions for provide 45 minutes – 1 hour consultations for students and parents on any college admissions or financial aid topic.
  • Personalized College Planning Guidance: Available to students who are not registered in our program, and who do not attend school in one of our partner school districts.

Volunteers interested in serving as Interns or Discussion Group Leaders should email:

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