Partners & Programs

The Center of Optimal College Readiness (COCR) places students in one of our several local partner schools, including In-Tech Academy, City College Academy of the Arts and Public School 7, where they provide outreach tutoring, mentoring, help with academic counseling and college application-related work. Additionally we are partners with the following organizations:

Kids 2 College

The Kids 2 College Program brings early college awareness and a college-going culture to communities across the country. The Sallie Mae Fund provides the national curriculum and training free of charge to schools and community groups.

As part of our partnership, we:

  • Act as the liason between Kids 2 College, Manhattan College and the St. Rose of Lima School
  • Provide graduate students an opportunity to enable middle-school students to become college-bound
  • Help facilitate and organize the Kids 2 College Days at:
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy
    • School 13
    • School 23
    • Cedar Place
    • Scholastic Academy

Riverdale House and In-Tech Academy

We have an active role in the Out of School Time (OST) grant and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) grant, which provide a mix of academic, recreational and cultural activities afterschool, during holidays and summer vacation for young people enrolled in grades K-12.

The program, currently located at In-Tech Academy, is free of charge. In addition to the homework help facilitate by our tutors, OST programs provide:

  • Separate programs/activities based upon the student's interest
  • Quality programs with trained staff in a supportive environment
  • Homework help and tutoring
  • A schedule that meets the needs of working parents
  • Healthy snacks for all participants
  • An after-school program for 135 grade 6-8 students focusing on STEM, leadership development and healthy living

Social Outreach Program

We provide ongoing guidance and financial support to the Social Outreach Program, which offers motivational seminars for middle school and high school students that attend some of New York City’s low-performing school. The goal of the seminars is to help students overcome the many challenges faced by inner-city youth and increase the college-bound culture at each of the schools. All seminars encourage students to adhere to the Social Outreach Program’s three values; work ethic, faith and commitment.

NY Gear Up Program - Yonkers

The NY Gear Up Program provides seamless, intensive support to a cohort of 225 students across five schools, beginning in the 7th grade:

NY Gear Up Program Outcomes

  • Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education of participating students, with an emphasis on career readiness and college fit
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation, with an emphasis of college and career readiness
  • Increase participation in postsecondary education of participating students with an emphasis on college fit and alignment with high-demand fields and sectors of the economy
  • Increase participation in postsecondary education of participating students without need for remedial coursework
  • Increase the rate of college persistence and completion of participating students
  • Increase student and family knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation and financing

As partners of the NY Gear Up Program, we will:

  • Place 15 graduate or undergraduate students to support the teachers at each school in providing tutoring and homework assistance to participants, and also serve as role models
  • Recruit and train five graduate counseling students to provide career, academic, mental health and financial aid counseling to YPS Gear Up students
  • Host Manhattan College tours and workshops for YPS Gear Up students each year.

Student Placement

COCR Programs



Schools Affiliated

COCR in collaboration with
Strive for College


1 hour/week

In-Tech Academy

Tutoring/ Teacher Assistants/ Office Assistants at Partner Schools


10 hours per week/ per student

In-Tech Academy, City College Academy of the Arts,
and Public School 7

COCR in collaboration with


3 hours per week/ per student

In-Tech Academy

Regents Prep Program


3 hours per week/ per student

New Vision Charter School

* The number of hours working at a particular school may vary.