If you follow The Insider blog, you may have read about Alex Bickford and Marj Southworth’s latest trip to the Light House maternity home for young mothers in Kansas City or the work of Mary Sue Youn, Lisa Albro, and Sally Ganga with Big Brothers Big Sisters at American Express in New York City. While College Coach has always maintained a commitment to community outreach, we have recently formalized that commitment with the formation of our Community Support Committee.
The mission of the Community Support Committee is to deliver superior college counseling programs to non-profit organizations and community groups whose constituents could not otherwise afford these services. Through the donated time of College Coach educators, the Community Support Committee is able to offer programming in the areas of college admissions and college finance.
This past month, I drove down to White Plains, New York to give a presentation on “Beating the Admission Game” to the White Plains Football Association on behalf of College Coach. The association was formed to help football players learn more about deadlines, standardized tests, financial aid, and other admission basics with respect to selective colleges and universities. The association’s organizers determined that mentors who work with students and families are crucial in making sure everything gets done right in the application process. I was brought in not only to inform families about the college admission process but to energize students, their families, and mentors, as to higher education possibilities.
Earlier this month, my College Coach consultant colleagues Mary Sue, Lisa Albro, and myself, had a wonderful experience presenting to four small groups of 10 to 20 middle and high school aged students and their American Express Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors.
At our first meeting, Dawn presented to the 10th graders, focusing on the preparation needed when applying to selective colleges and universities. She covered deadlines, general application and financial aid information, and gave advice on the kinds of coursework for which colleges are looking during the college application process.
Recently, my colleague, Marj Southworth, and I met with 25 residents of the Light House, a maternity home in Kansas City providing comprehensive care for young women facing unplanned pregnancies. Ranging in age from 14 to 30, the women we met were all in different stages of their educational careers.
Our goals for the trip, outside of providing individualized educational counseling sessions for program residents, were to discuss educational goals, present ways to make them work financially, and to talk about avenues for success in college.
We received many inspiring updates from several young women whom we had counseled in past visits. One past resident, we’ll call her “Joan,” received a full scholarship to a private college for nursing.