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We provide public schools with tools that boost performance through rigorous programs and a commitment to equity.

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New York, NY 10004

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Our Postsecondary Readiness work encourages schools to radically reimagine postsecondary preparation, shifting from a process that starts at the very end of high school to one that helps students imagine the world of work beyond school from the very beginning.

We work with schools to create a postsecondary program that helps students develop interests, skills, and talents from as early as 9th grade, putting them on an early pathway to postsecondary success.


Early College and Career Awareness

Early Career and College Awareness (ECCA) is a 9th and 10th-grade program that explicitly introduces students to self-discovery exercises and helps them learn about and engage with various career opportunities and educational pathways. This exposure and awareness allow students to be in the driver’s seat throughout high school as they explore their interests and design a personalized postsecondary plan. 

We support schools to develop the beliefs, behaviors, and systems to integrate a thoughtful ECCA program in their schools.


Counselor Community

The Urban Assembly recognizes the barriers our students confront during the college and the financial aid application process, and our support is centered on building the UA college counselor community and strengthening each member’s practice and expertise.  

Through monthly gatherings, weekly email updates, and access to a UACC hotline and listserv, college counselors share best practices, learn from experts at the UA and in the field, and engage as a community to better understand the critical deadlines and content needed to counsel students.

Team Members

Ayinde Bennett

Ayinde Bennett

Postsecondary Access Manager

Ayinde is the Postsecondary Access Manager at the UA. He previously served as the Director of College Counseling with the CollegeBound Initiative at Williamsburg Prep HS, focusing on equitable counseling... Expand

Ayinde is the Postsecondary Access Manager at the UA. He previously served as the Director of College Counseling with the CollegeBound Initiative at Williamsburg Prep HS, focusing on equitable counseling practices, college access and ensuring college success. He earned his BA in Sociology from Concordia University in Montreal and his MA in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from NYU in 2019. Ayinde has been working in various areas of education for over a decade. He started his career teaching a summer school Social Studies class in San Francisco for two years, and then developed an after school literacy program that used hip-hop as a medium to encourage creative writing and the exploration of identity for high school students in Montreal. He transitioned into working as a Case Manager for young people in the foster care system, but eventually returned to focusing on the higher education landscape as a college success counselor, ultimately furthering his commitment to ensuring that our young people complete their post secondary education.

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Robyn German Phillips

Robyn German Phillips

Deputy Director of Postsecondary Access

As Deputy Director of College Access, Robyn works to support and develop the college counselors across the UA's network of schools. A New York native, Robyn has provided college access... Expand

As Deputy Director of College Access, Robyn works to support and develop the college counselors across the UA's network of schools. A New York native, Robyn has provided college access support to NYC non-profit organizations for over 10 years. Prior to coming to the UA, Robyn was the Director of College Counseling as part of an inaugural team of educators at a 6 – 12 public school in the Bronx. Robyn works to ensure students not only have access to higher education, but the skills needed to succeed and graduate. Robyn earned a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Higher Education from the University of Maine. Robyn is also an active member of CACNY, NYSACAC and NACAC.

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