College Access Now

Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)


group The College Access Now Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) is a collaborative effort between Tennessee State University and various Nashville organizations. The program is designed to allow junior and senior high school students at Pearl Cohn High School to participate in structured career and post-secondary education awareness opportunities including college preparatory activities, test taking skills development, and other structured activities to prepare them for the world of higher education. 

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with a Tennessee State University College mentor.
  • Participate in ACT prep workshops and take a Princeton Review ACT Standardized Practice Exam.
  • Explore post-secondary institutions that are available and best fits their interest of study.
  • Learn about scholarship and financial aid (FASFA) opportunities and how to apply.
  • Partake in a workshop with parents to learn how to navigate and understand the federal financial aid process (


To become a TSU Mentor, you must be enrolled as a full-time student at Tennessee State University and have a flexible schedule to ensure consistent interaction with your high school mentee. TSU Mentors are given a stipend per semester for their involvement in the program.


Please contact Shirley Nix-Davis or call 963-1243.


Led by Dr. Tammy Lipsey, MNPS Reading Clinics offer TSU students an opportunity to tutor secondary school students in reading skills. Volunteers are always needed at the 5+ sites across the city. Participants must complete a 4-hour training session and commit to 1 hour a week (2 days/30 minutes). This program is great for pre-teacher service or those in the field of education, but welcomes students from all disciplines.

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact or the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement.








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