what is the coalition?

We are excited to announce our new program, The Coalition. The Coalition builds off our past College Knowledge Program, working with high school students who are eligible for the Benton Harbor Promise.

Beginning in their freshman year, the program focuses on each student developing a portfolio based on their individual strengths. Students will then use the Coalition for College Access website to apply to colleges or universities for free, and provide a place for them to organize and upload work they are proud of. The Coalition and the Coalition for College Access also provides the students a platform to build a portfolio for employment after high school.

coalition statistics:

  • Since the site opened last April, the site has been viewed 5,843,818 times by 347,490 unique users.
  • 82,336 individuals have created Coalition accounts.
  • As of Monday, October 24, 48,960 students are working on an application.
  • 18.5% of students have submitted applications using the Coalition fee waiver that applies to all member colleges.  

What we are trying to accomplish:

The Coalition is a partnership between The First Tee of Benton Harbor and the Benton Harbor Promise to prepare them academically, socially, or vocationally for life after high school.

2016 Highlights:

Wilson Chandler Turkey Drive – The Coalition students teamed up with Wilson Chandler to put together 98 Thanksgiving gift baskets to families in need in Benton Harbor.

College Night at Lake Michigan College – students had an opportunity to meet with over 60 colleges and universities.

Halloween – The Coalition students passed out candy to trick-or-treaters in the Arts District in Benton Harbor on Halloween night.

Meeting with the Real Whirled Program – The Real Whirled program through Whirlpool Corporation visited the Coalition students and worked with them on developing portfolios, resume-building and helped mentor students.

Campus Tours at Butler University & Purdue University – The Coalition students toured Purdue & Butler University. Students had the opportunity to eat at the dining halls and witness a real-life college lecture. After the campus visits, students enjoyed dinner at Dave & Busters and attended an Indiana Pacers vs. Denver Nuggets basketball game. Wilson Chandler donated the tickets and provided the opportunity for students to meet the team after the game.

To learn more about the Coalition for College Access click here.