July 7, 2017 (Seattle, WA)  – College Access Now (CAN) has received $384,900 in AmeriCorps funding for the 2017-2018 program year from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

The federal investment will support 30 AmeriCorps members that will serve 1,050 students from low-income families at 11 high schools across Seattle Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Renton School District and Federal Way Public Schools. In these uncertain political times, we are excited and proud to have secured federal funding that allows us to continue to pursue our mission: to serve students and our communities. These AmeriCorps members will work onsite at CAN’s partner high schools by providing college readiness support throughout the school year to 11th and 12th grade students. CAN staff and AmeriCorps members assist students at each stage of the college application and enrollment process- from completing essays to helping secure critical financial aid, and advising students on their college decisions.

Beginning this fall, AmeriCorps members serving through CAN will join the more than 80,000 AmeriCorps members serving across the country in 21,600 locations. These members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

Since the program’s inception in 1994, more than 1 million men and women have served in AmeriCorps, providing more than 1.4 billion hours of service and have earned more than $3.3 billion in education scholarships to pay for college or pay back student loans, more than $1 billion of which has been used to pay back student loans debt.

 “We are honored to receive this grant and to partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service,” said Susan Mitchell, CAN’s Interim Executive Director. “Utilizing National Service to deliver our high school program is a perfect fit for CAN. As recent college graduates, CAN AmeriCorps members bring a unique perspective to our organization and are amazing role models for students. In turn, CAN provides a unique opportunity for young adults to give back while being introduced to the workforce.”

About College Access Now

Since 2005, College Access Now (CAN) continues to empower students from low-income families to access, enroll and graduate from college at rates equal to their more advantaged peers. CAN provides direct services to students beginning in their junior year of high school, into college and up to six years in college. CAN serves nearly 1,800 high school and college students in which 100% are low-income, 90% are first generation college graduates and 86% are students of color. To date, CAN has served more than 2,000 students and achieved 94% of high schools seniors enrolling in college with 93% persisting into their second year of college. By 2018, CAN will serve more than 2,500 high school students across the Puget Sound area and college students across the country.

To learn more about CAN, please visit

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CAN IN THE NEWS • • • • • • • • •

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• The Winning Light of September 22
Glassybaby |  September 22, 2016
Glassybaby held its annual light the bridge event on September 22nd to celebrate $5 milion in giving.  College Access Now was awarded 11th place for bringing the most supportersand was graciously awarded $1000.
Cecilia Garza, Social Venture Partners |  June 3, 2016
"When College Access Now (CAN) first applied for an SVP grant, no one could have predicted how the organization would evolve. Now in their fifth and final year as an Investee, CAN has worked with SVP Partners on everything from developing a strategic plan and refining their infrastructure to building a portfolio of photos that captures the depth of their story and the diversity of the communities they serve."
This is an opportunity for you to become actively involved in the journey's of our students. We will highlight new students with short stories of their lives as they pursue their college aspirations!  

February 2017 Student Spotlight: Faiza Abdi

Faiza Abdi | Decatur High School | Class of 2017

Walking into Decatur High School’s career center, 12th grader Faiza Abdi sits at a computer completely engrossed in completing a university application. Faizas’ hard-working spirit shines bright in this moment as she actively pursues her dream of higher education!  


Faizas’ parents instilled in her an eagerness to go to college when they moved to the United States from Ethiopia in 2013. Before Faiza was introduced to the CAN program, she never believed college was an option. She didn’t how to apply to college or her options when it came to financial aid.


Now, almost half-way through her senior year, she has completed her FAFSA, has been accepted to many colleges, and is working as hard as she can to make her dream come true.


What is that dream you ask? To study to become a news reporter at the University of Washington, Tacoma!


Faiza is also grateful for the support she has received from her AmeriCorps college coach, Beleqsa, who she says has been by her side in every step of this process. Faiza expressed that it is “so important to have someone who understands you” in regards to her coach speaking her language and sharing her culture.  


All in all, Faiza is embracing all of the opportunities that come her way and is actively working towards her goal of getting that college degree!

September 2017 Student Spotlight: Rose Nguyen

“I never thought that it was possible for someone like me to attend college as a low-income and first generation student,” said Rose Nguyen, a Chief Sealth International High School alumni and student at Western Washington University.
Rose joined CAN during her junior year and worked with her AmeriCorps coach on every step of the college process. While neither of her parents had the opportunity to go to college, accessing higher education was a goal Rose strived for from a very young age.
 She prepped for the SAT, polished her personal statement, scrutinized the applications and completed the FAFSA. She explored what college would be the best fit for her.
She is now pursuing a degree in Human Services with a double minor in Psychology and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.  Her dream is to serve underrepresented populations and give back to the community that helped her prosper.
Rose’s advice to other low-income students? “Nothing is impossible!” 

Rose Nguyen
​Chief Sealth High School | Class of 2016
Western Washington University | Class of 2020



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