“We will do what others expect of us. If they expect us to graduate, we will graduate. If they expect us to get a job, we will get a job. If they expect us to go to jail, then that's where we will end up too” - Wes Moore
Our volunteers want our youth to be excited about moving along their chosen paths after high school – whether it’s community college, vocational or trade school, a four-year university, or the military. It starts with building a trust relationship - showing up, taking time to be with our youth, seeing their world from their point of view, and not disappearing.
College and Career Prep is an oasis of positive reinforcement, where the conversations with the youth center on encouragement to succeed. Our youth look forward to talking with us about what’s going on in their lives each week – what’s good, and what’s not so good.
Sabrina, Asai, and Dashell talking with Nancy and Warner at one of our Tuesday meetings.
Jamiyah and Naashar find one of our volunteers, Miquel, who also volunteers at Girl Power events dressed as Mae Jemison.
As they begin to look beyond high school, we walk them through what educational qualifications they will need to pursue after high school, and what steps they need to take to achieve that education. We have advisors who can explain what to expect at a trade school, at a community college, at a four year college or university, in graduate school, as well as the opportunities to acquire college credits while in active duty military service. We work with them to take next steps – to maximize options and to remove obstacles, one week at a time. We want them to understand what is ahead and to be prepared at every step on their journeys.
Naashar at Cannon
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Contact us to learn more about prep assistance offered within the College and Career Prep program:
John Stapleton, 240.463.8620, firstname.lastname@example.org.