Become an Adviser
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MCAC advisers, who are closer in age and experience to the high school students they serve, bring enthusiasm, an entrepreneurial spirit, passion, and a strong desire to participate in making this dream come true for their students. At the same time, the program provides advisers with a tremendous professional development experience as well as the pride and satisfaction associated with knowing that they have made a difference in the lives of so many youth.
A diverse group of U-M graduates will address the widening gap in college preparation counseling and programming through placement in public high schools throughout Michigan. The role of the advisers is not to replace professional counseling staff, but rather to supplement them, and serve as student advocates and liaisons. The advisers will make individual contact with students who may not have exposure to resources or assistance with the college decision-making process beyond school's available resources. This one-on-one relationship will play an integral role in the development between the students and the advisers, who eventually grow to become the students' trusted mentors.
The advisers will work with all students, but focus particularly on making connections with those who are high-achieving, low-income, or first generation college students. Advisers will also facilitate programs that address awareness of college-going opportunities, knowledge of financial aid resources and application processes, practice for personal essay writing and other topics regarding the college-going process.