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:
Find and support these students during their college admissions process
Place them in colleges offering the most academically challenging and affordable financial aid programs
Fully support them during their college years and beyond
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 liaison 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.