College Beyond

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A non-profit organization leveraging the power of relationships to guide students through the academic, social, and financial transition from high school success to college persistence.


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Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

Paris Woods & Sarah Payne

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Paris Woods (Co-Founder, Executive Director)
Paris Woods is Co-founder and Executive Director of College Beyond New Orleans. Previously, Paris was the founding Director of Alumni Support at Cohen College Prep High School in the New Orleans College Prep Charter Network, where she developed programming to support students through to college graduation. In year one of the program, Paris led the CCP Class of 2014 to a 100% FAFSA completion rate, 90% college enrollment rate, and 85% intended first-to-second year college persistence rate. She was the founding Vice President of the First Generation Harvard Alumni Organization where she ran the first alumni mentoring program for first-generation Harvard students. She is also the Diversity Chair for the Harvard Black Alumni Society’s National Board where she manages African American recruitment efforts on behalf of the university Woods received her Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies and Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.





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