First Year of Future Corps Ends in Success

Program Spotlight: Future Corps

An amazing first year of Future Corps will soon come to a close. Michigan College Access Network is celebrating the accomplishments of the pilot high schools, whose hard-working students and staff sponsors made the program successful. MCAN also is preparing to expand Future Corps, and invites more high schools to take part in this student-driven initiative that increases college enrollment.

During the 2014-15 academic year, three high schools participated in the first of a two-year Future Corps pilot program. Each school selected eight ambitious, well-networked students to serve on a Future Corps team, and a staff member to sponsor the team and support their work in the school. These students were specially trained on how to run peer-to-peer campaigns that reinforce Michigan’s college access initiatives, which include increasing college application submissions, Federal Application for Student Aid completion, and academic enrollment. Each school that participates in Future Corps receives:

  • Opportunities to increase school-wide college application and FAFSA  completion rates;
  • Participation in the four-day Future Corps Workshop for two Future Corps students and a faculty sponsor;
  • Professional development training for the faculty sponsor;
  • Leadership training sessions with College Summit coaches and student leaders; and
  • Staff and student trainings on college access and success technology, such as mobile apps.

According to the Future Corps team at Hillsdale High School, an impressive 98 percent of the senior class applied to college or the military during College Application Week. “We put notices on Facebook and Twitter about our classmates applying to college,” said Karri Shalosky, Hillsdale High School Future Corps Team. “We got hundreds of ‘LIKES’ and our message reached thousands of people!”

The school and its Future Corps team also intend to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s FAFSA-Completion Video Challenge, and are making plans to celebrate College Decision Day and evaluate FAFSA-completion results. Because peer-to-peer advocacy is a key component of Future Corps, the program helps high school counselors maximize their efforts to inform all graduating seniors about college access resources, and celebrate the completion of important steps in the enrollment process.

“Our FAFSA Party was a success,” says Future Corps Sponsor Mindy Eggleston. “We had 28 students attend. We provided food, gave away prizes, and posted the winners on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We also had about 10-12 parents who showed up with their students. Students at Hillsdale High School are definitely talking about college and students are realizing that if they want it – they can do it!” Eggleston’s sentiment is shared by the students.

Join Future Corps

MCAN is currently accepting proposals from high schools that wish to strengthen their college-going culture by participating in Future Corps. Participating schools must agree to the following:

  • Select a counselor or teacher to sponsor the Future Corps team;
  • Send Future Corps captains and sponsor to a four-day summer training;
  • Host a professional development session for Future Corps students to train faculty on the latest college access technologies;
  • Participate in a series of peer-to-peer campaigns to increase college knowledge and attainment;
  • Organize meetings with the school principal and Future Corps students to review campaigns and progress;
  • Provide College Summit feedback for improving the program; and
  • Spend $5,000 all-inclusive which will be matched with $5,000 from MCAN

To apply or to learn more visit micollegeaccess.org/statewide-initiatives/future-corps.


Christ Taylor headshot 2013Author: Christi Taylor, director of statewide initiatives and special projects

Posted: March 4, 2015

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