Summer Melt Initiatives

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The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Drives Degrees and the Detroit College Access Network are teaming up with school districts in the region to provide intensive advising to students over the summer months in an effort to combat summer melt, a situation in which a student applies for, gets accepted, and commits to a college but ultimately does not show up in the fall. Every year, summer melt is a problem. A recent poll of seniors graduating during the pandemic found that only 20% of respondents still plan to enroll in their first-choice school.

Regional Summer Melt Initiative

The purpose of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Regional Summer Student Transition and Engagement Program (STEP) is to address summer melt by connecting high school seniors to current school staff (e.g., high school counselors; high school college readiness advisors; career counselors).

Participating students will build a strong, trusting relationship with Summer STEP coaches so that they can make meaningful decisions regarding college selection and complete financial aid, housing, and enrollment transition paperwork that prevent students from falling victim to summer melt. Participants will also be encouraged to set up an action plan to address their basic needs, such as food and transportation in college.

Student Recruitment

Students eligible to participate in Regional Summer STEP attend a school in Wayne County, Macomb County, or Oakland County. Sign up here: Summer Support Interest Form.

Do you want to become a college access partner?

We welcome partners in college access to contribute to our series of presentations and suggest topics that help support a holistic college-going culture with high school seniors. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Stephanie Iovan at siovan@detroitchamber.com or Ashley Lane at alane@detroitcan.org.

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