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Many highly qualified African-American and Latino students from lower income backgrounds in New York City aren’t receiving quality college counseling. These students often graduate at or near the top of their high school classes but don’t apply to colleges that match their intellectual, financial, and personal needs. Go To College NYC was designed to:

Female Student Talking To High School Counselor

Find and support these students during their college admissions process

FIND

Black male student on campus

Place them in colleges offering the most academically challenging and affordable financial aid programs

PLACE

Graduate hugging woman

Fully support them during their college years and beyond

SUPPORT

In 2015, John Hoffman, Sheena Wright, Raymond Joseph, Jr., and Angel Morales, the founding members of our board, met to discuss and develop the parameters around which the organization would be created. Today, Go To College NYC is a 501c (3) educational, not-for-profit organization with a governing board dedicated to providing first rate college counseling and support services to students for whom this program was created to serve.

In 1982, John Hoffman approached Dr. Albert G. Oliver, the liason between the Chancellor of the NYC Board of Education and the 33 District Superintendents throughout New York City, with an eye toward placing intellectually gifted students from public schools into leading private schools on scholarships. He said, “Dr. Oliver, I know you are responsible for the education of tens of thousands of school children in NYC. So, if you don’t have time to help a handful of students, I completely understand.”  Dr. Oliver’s response was powerful and empowering.

“Mr. Hoffman, if what you’re doing helps only one child attending a NYC public school, I’m interested.”

It is with this same vision and entrepreneurial spirit that GTCNYC was created.

Mission Statement

Throughout New York City there are African-American and Latino high school students from lower income families whose intellect, character, and academic achievement, in the face of poverty, is stunning. Go To College NYC was designed to find and support such students during and after the college admissions process, helping them break the cycle of poverty for children yet to come.

Many highly qualified African-American and Latino students from lower income backgrounds in New York City aren’t receiving quality college counseling. These students often graduate at or near the top of their high school classes but don’t apply to colleges that match their intellectual, financial, and personal needs. Go To College NYC was designed to:

Female Student Talking To High School Counselor

Find and support these students during their college admissions process

FIND

Black male student on campus

Place them in colleges offering the most academically challenging and affordable financial aid programs

PLACE

Graduate hugging woman

Fully support them during their college years and beyond

SUPPORT

In 2015, John Hoffman, Sheena Wright, Raymond Joseph, Jr., and Angel Morales, the founding members of our board, met to discuss and develop the parameters around which the organization would be created. Today, Go To College NYC is a 501c (3) educational, not-for-profit organization with a governing board dedicated to providing first rate college counseling and support services to students for whom this program was created to serve.

In 1982, John Hoffman approached Dr. Albert G. Oliver, the liason between the Chancellor of the NYC Board of Education and the 33 District Superintendents throughout New York City, with an eye toward placing intellectually gifted students from public schools into leading private schools on scholarships. He said, “Dr. Oliver, I know you are responsible for the education of tens of thousands of school children in NYC. So, if you don’t have time to help a handful of students, I completely understand.”  Dr. Oliver’s response was powerful and empowering.

“Mr. Hoffman, if what you’re doing helps only one child attending a NYC public school, I’m interested.”

It is with this same vision and entrepreneurial spirit that GTCNYC was created.

Mission Statement

Throughout New York City there are African-American and Latino high school students from lower income families whose intellect, character, and academic achievement, in the face of poverty, is stunning. Go To College NYC was designed to find and support such students during and after the college admissions process, helping them break the cycle of poverty for children yet to come.

“Education is the birthright of every man.  Afterwards, in payment, he has the duty to contribute to the education of others.”

José Martí

Staff

John Hoffman is President and Founder of Go To College NYC. John is a graduate of Columbia University and Founder of The Albert G. Oliver Program, an organization which has placed over 1,500 African-American and Latino students, from lower income families, into leading private day and boarding schools, as well as colleges. John is also the Founder of The Independent Teaching Project, an organization that placed African-American and Latino teachers into leading independent day and boarding schools. In addition, for the past 18 years, John has been Director of High School Placement Programs at De La Salle Academy, an independent middle school in NYC for intellectually gifted students from lower income families. During his tenure at De La Salle, John placed over 1,000 students into leading private day, boarding, Catholic, and public high schools, colleges and universities.

Board of Directors

John Hoffman
John HoffmanGTCNYC President
Founder
Go to College NYC
Founder
The Albert G. Oliver Program
Sheena Wright
Sheena WrightGTCNYC Chair
President & CEO
United Way of NYC
Raymond Joseph Jr.
Raymond Joseph Jr.GTCNYC Vice Chair
Managing Director & Head of Portfolio Management Research
UBS Financial Services
Angel Morales
Angel MoralesGTCNYC Treasurer
CEO
Morales Capital
Marysol Castro
Marysol CastroGTCNYC Secretary
Host/Anchor
ESPN
Amin Gonzalez
Amin Gonzalez
Director of Admissions
Choate Rosemary Hall School
Peter V. Johnson
Peter V. Johnson
Senior Admissions Officer
Columbia University
Christina S. Lopez
Christina S. Lopez
Dean of Admissions
Barnard College
Jess Lord
Jess Lord
Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid
Haverford College
Dr. Yolanda Pierce
Dr. Yolanda Pierce
Dean, School of Divinity
Howard University
Mark Stucker
Mark Stucker
Placement Director
Kipp South Fulton Atlanta
Founder
School Match 4U
Susan Tree
Susan Tree
Director of College Counseling
Westtown School

“According to the most recent statistics, the nationwide college graduation rate for black students stands at an appallingly low rate of 42 percent. This figure is 20 percentage points below the 62 percent rate for white students.”

~ The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education