Youth Development

College for Every Student Inc.

  • Essex, NY

Mission Statement

College For Every Student (CFES) is a nonprofit organization committed to being the global leader at helping low-income students get to and through college, ready to enter the workforce. Since 1991, CFES has worked successfully with K-12 schools to develop mentoring initiatives, partnerships with regional colleges, and student leadership programs to raise aspirations, build college knowledge, and develop leadership skills that help underserved youth move toward college success.

Main Programs

  1. CFES Scholars Program
  2. STEM Program
  3. College MAP Program
Service Areas



CFES currently supports 20,000 students through partnerships with 200 rural and urban K-12 schools and districts in 27 states and Ireland.

ruling year


Principal Officer since 1991


Dr. Herbert F. Dalton Jr.



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Physical Address

2303 Main Street

Essex, NY 12936 9998


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


Self-reported by organization

CFES works with low-income children, grades K-12, a vulnerable population that is increasingly at risk and underserved. Yet CFES is helping these students beat the odds. Despite the fact that over 90 percent of CFES students nationwide are from low-income households, 99 percent graduate from high school and 96 percent go on to college.
Among the 1,650 CFES students (the 96 percent) who graduated in June 2012, 99 percent were college bound. These students were awarded more than $15,400,000 in financial aid for the current year.


Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

CFES Scholars Program

The CFES Scholars Program embodies the organization's mission: to help underserved youth get to and through college, ready to enter the workforce. Each school targets at least 100 students, known as CFES Scholars, to participate intensively in three core practices: Mentoring, Leadership Through Service, and Pathways to College. These practices provide an adaptable framework of sustainable support that encourages students to persist on the path to college.
CFES services and support include annual Planning & Training Workshops, an annual National Conference, regional professional development sessions, direct support and training for CFES Scholars, school-college partnership workshops, evaluation, and ongoing on- and off-site support from CFES professional staff.


Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified




Program 2

STEM Program

Not available


Education & Technology

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified




Program 3

College MAP Program

Not available


Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)



Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    College For Every Student's strategic goal is to become the nation’s preeminent organization at helping low-income students gain access to college and persist through graduation.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Strategic Plan / 2013-2017

    Step 1: Utilize new CFES Building
    Meet organizational needs of CFES.
    Increase CFES scope and impact by allowing the organization to double the number of students served by 2020.
    Maximize CFES efficiency by reducing organizational travel and centralizing trainings and meetings at the CFES Building.

    Step 2: Strengthen Individual Support
    Raise $1.5 million for CFES Building by June 2014.
    Hold first annual CFES Raffle in May 2013 to raise $30k for under-funded programs, increasing that amount by 25 percent a year.
    Host six gatherings/receptions of prospective funders annually.

    Step 3: Increase Visibility (CFES hired a Communications Director in June 2012.)
    Place 10 stories annually at the national level.
    Place 30 stories annually at the regional/local level.
    Publish six CEO-authored op-eds annually at the national level.
    Enhance visibility of CEO by securing speaking and writing opportunities.

    Step 4: Retention / Success in College
    Track CFES students in college.
    Connect CFES high school graduates to retention services.
    Execute programs around retention for CFES seniors and families.
    Use CFES alumni to connect with twelfth grade CFES Scholars.
    Create white paper on college success for low-income students.
    Utilize social media to connect with and support CFES alumni.

    Step 5: CFES Summits
    Host and sponsor six summits annually on key issues pertinent to access and persistence.
    Target funders, education writers, college presidents, and legislators.
    Create policy positions on summit findings and distribute to CFES constituents.

    Step 6: University of Michigan Partnership
    Maintain partnership with Dr. Ed St. John, nationally renowned expert in the field of educational evaluation and professor at the University of Michigan.
    Engage St. John and his doctoral students to conduct qualitative and quantitative research in a different CFES cluster each year.
    Gain recognition for CFES in scholarly publications (e.g., monograph or article) annually.
    Define measures of preeminence.

    Step 7: Search Engine Optimization
    Build on steps taken into the world of Search Engine Optimization.
    Increase hits by 40 percent annually.
    Maintain high-rank positioning of mentoring, peer mentoring, and pathways-to-college awareness activities.

    Step 8: CFES Blog for Scholars
    Encourage CFES Scholars to utilize the “Ask Andy” blog, where they can post questions about college to Andy Ng, former CFES Scholar who now attends NYU.
    Continue to post Blog features twice weekly.
    Ensure that 50 percent of CFES Scholars read blogs, as measured by CFES survey.

    Step 9: Move to Global Preeminence
    Develop programming for first school outside USA that will join CFES in August 2013.
    Strengthen partnership with Trinity College Dublin, as measured by speaking engagements for CEO in Ireland and Western Europe.
    Bring on a minimum of 20 schools outside USA as of September 2015.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    CFES uses a hierarchical management structure involving 27 full- and part-time staff and 3,000 volunteers in program implementation. Program staff are time-allocated based upon function. For example, the College Ambassador manages relationships with colleges and universities, the Director of Mentoring oversees training and manages site-based mentors, and communication is managed by a communication team with expertise in social media, web mastering, webinar/broadcast development, and outreach. A team of centrally and remotely located Program Directors and Coordinators who are full- and part-time, along with thousands of volunteers, deliver services to CFES Scholars.

    CFES maintains partnerships with thousands of students and families, secondary schools, undergraduate institutions, funders, and local, regional, national, and international experts. Partnerships with two of America’s most prominent corporations — GE and Ernst & Young — continue to flourish. The GE Foundation supports our college access work in 35 grade 3-12 schools in six GE communities, including Stamford, NYC, Erie, Cincinnati, Sarasota, and Milwaukee, and focuses on access programming in elementary, middle, and high school. The Ernst & Young College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence) program this spring graduated its first cohort of 100 Scholars in 11 locations throughout the US — 97 percent of whom are headed to college.

    Our University of Michigan partnership has helped CFES focus on formative evaluation and other research about ongoing CFES programs and new initiatives. University of Michigan faculty and doctoral students help CFES maintain and refine coherent and cohesive strategies for supporting student preparation for college success.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas



CFES currently supports 20,000 students through partnerships with 200 rural and urban K-12 schools and districts in 27 states and Ireland.

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Funding Needs

CFES seeks contributions and grants from corporations, foundations, and individuals to support its work in schools across the country.

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College For Every Student Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Principal Officer

Dr. Herbert F. Dalton Jr.


Herbert F. "Rick" Dalton, Jr., CFES founder, president, and CEO, oversees all CFES programs. Dalton has spent the last 22 years working to make CFES a national leader in helping underserved students gain access to college and be successful there. His doctoral work at Harvard focused on the connection between organizational behavior and educational opportunity laid the foundation for CFES. While serving as director of enrollment planning at Middlebury College, he created a partnership with a Bronx school that helped launch and strengthen more than 120 school-college partnerships. Dalton has written more than 130 articles and op-eds on educational issues. He has served on numerous boards, including the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the New England Board of Higher Education’s Task Force to Improve Minority Education.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

""America's future will be determined by how well we educate our children, especially those from low-income households who make up such a large segment of many rural, urban, and even suburban communities," says CFES President and CEO Rick Dalton. "CFES is committed to helping underserved students graduate from high school and realize the dream of college. Their future is America's future. CFES and its schools and partnering colleges across the country are working together to make it a bright and promising future for all!""



Mr. Ernie H. Stretton

Retired Superintendent, Lake Placid Central School District

Term: July 2011 - June 2015


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