Drew Charter School’s Ashley Young selected as recipient of the 2018 Counselors That Change Lives Award

Ashley Young, College Counselor at Charles R. Drew Senior Academy in Atlanta, Ga., has been selected as one of eight recipients of the 2018 Counselors That Change Lives Awards, given by Colleges That Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the ideal of a student-centered college search.

Admission officers at CTCL-member colleges and universities nominated counselors who are dedicated to students and their success, not only during the college search but throughout their entire high school career. These counselors work with students and their families to ensure they are thoughtful about their college choices – developing a list of schools that will cultivate their strengths, help them improve in challenging areas, and offer students a transformative college experience.

Ms. Young was nominated by colleague Alexsis Skeen, Admission Counselor at Agnes Scott College, a CTCL-member school located in Decatur, Ga. In her nomination, she noted, “Ashley specifically challenges students to consider schools that will foster personal growth and development and reinforces the notion that choosing a college isn’t just about a major.”

Ms. Skeen added, “Ashley powerfully activates change both at micro- and macro-levels. Not only does she contribute to positive change by personally touching the lives of her students at Drew, she initiates large-scale change by breaking down the systems preventing first-generation, low-income and immigrant students from equal access to higher education. One of her greatest talents is the ability to help students realize their full potential and explore college options they otherwise would find to be out of reach. Ashley truly is an advocate for powerful, impactful change.”

Please join the CTCL-member colleges’ communities in congratulating Ashley Young and thanking her for her work on behalf of students.


Colleges That Change Lives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the ideal of a student-centered college search. The 44 member institutions are all liberal arts colleges and universities whose admission processes are personal and thoughtful. The faculty and administration work together to offer distinctive academic programs that develop critical thinking skills, creativity, collaborative work habits, and creative problem-solving skills across disciplines. These schools were first brought together by Loren Pope in his seminal college guide, Colleges That Change Lives; they have been working collaboratively for over 20 years. For more information, please visit www.ctcl.org, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (#CTCLColleges)