And let’s face it, as we have more global connections, Paterson’s kids must compete. In the 21st century, jobs that didn’t need a high school diploma now do. Factories are computer driven as are car repairs. What worked for us will not work for our kids.
So, how do we get more kids on the college track? What if none of us have ever been to college? What are the best ways to navigate? Where can we get help?
PEF has trained, peer facilitators who can come to your school, faith-based organization or community group for a 45 minute to 1 1/2 hour session. Using a PBS video called “The College Track” your group will talk about the challenges, suggest pathways and give participants tools to help their children.
We have trained student facilitors who updated our video to talk to their peers about getting ready to go. Students at Eastside and Kennedy are ready to lead the discussion.
Many of us are the first in our family to go to college. We know the how hard it is to be the first. But it’s not impossible. We can help.
For information about our College Track workshops, call Anna Villalongo, Associate Director of Outreach at 973-881-8914 or email@example.com.
Want to become a College Track facilitator? Anna can arrange that, too.
Want a great web resource? Try www.knowhow2go.org. It provides information and electronic reminders for both students and adults who are encouraging students to be the first in their family to do to college.