CBO and Opportunity Programs


Kevin Brooks (Term 2018-2021)
College & Post Secondary Readiness Counselor
Bronx Academy of Letters

Luis Santiago (Term 2019-2022)alt
Director of Admissions
Western Connecticut State University


Committee Members

Felipe Ayala, Jr.
College Coordinator
The Children’s Aid Society

Sandy Jimenez
Scholarship Coordinator
Say Yes to Education
Teachers College

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Responsibilities of the Co-Chairs

The Community Based Organization (CBO) Co-Chairs serve as the primary representative and advocate on behalf of CBOs throughout the state of New York. 

Responsibilities and Potential Goals of the Committee

  • Design a directory of statewide CBOs
  • Bring CBO concerns to the NYSACAC Executive Board
  • Work towards having representation from the entire state on the committee
  • Work with the membership committee to increase NYSACAC membership through CBO representation including recruitment through NACAC, NCAN, GEAR UP, trio programs, etc.
  • Represent underserved populations that are most often the constituents of CBOs
  • Submit a session proposal for the annual NYSACAC conference about understanding CBOs and how to recruit students from CBOs
  • Encourage CBO staff members to become involved in other NYSACAC committees
  • Collaborate with CACNY to offer a CBO-type college fair for middle and high school students and possibly have a forum/cocktail party for CBOs to exchange information with admission representatives
  • Develop interest questionnaire about what current CBO members want from NYSACAC
  • Develop best practices for CBO college advisers to follow when working with students/schools
  • Submit articles to the NYSACAC newsletter
  • Lobby with NYSACAC on Legislative Advocacy Day, held each February