College Bus: Driving LA’s Low-Income Youth Towards a College Education

submission by aflickner

Organization Name

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PF Bresee Foundation (Bresee)

Website

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www.bresee.org

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Education

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

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"A Bresee college trip changed my life by making me decide to go to college," describes Fonda Whitehead, a Bresee alumna who went on a college trip in 1988. "No one in my family attended college, but that trip made it a reality for me." Fonda, who has now worked at Bresee for 16 years, describes what has become a common story; the story of how a simple Bresee college trip can change lives.

Bresee proposes a full-service college prep program that systematically targets the entire 450-member student body of Central City Value High School (CCVHS), a local charter school. Every student will board Bresee's newly renovated, 25-passenger College Bus, and spend a day touring a local college. Throughout the school year, every student will have the opportunity to take their college dreams a step further by enrolling in:


  • A-G requirement workshops for 9th grade

  • PSAT classes for 10th grade

  • PSAT/SAT prep, remedial CAHSEE prep and personal statement workshops for 11th grade

  • SAT prep, scholarship and FAFSA workshops, and the opportunity to apply for a needs-based College Bus scholarship for the 12th grade

Programs will be available on the school's campus, for free, to all students. This is a pilot program that is scalable and can be replicated at other schools in our community. What if by 2050, every student in Los Angeles (LA) was afforded the same opportunity, the opportunity to overcome educational barriers and go to college? Join us on the campaign. Get aboard the College Bus.

Bresee serves an area where local high schools have graduation rates ranging from 30% to 48% and only 25% of graduates exit high school college-ready, compared to 40% countywide (Rampart GRYD Assessment, 2008). The College Bus will address the four primary causes of low levels of college-readiness and enrollment in Bresee's area: 1) a public education system that does not provide adequate preparation for post-secondary education; 2) limited exposure to college; 3) underperforming schools; 4) and low family educational attainment. First, it will partner with local public schools, which lack the resources to offer adequate preparation for post-secondary education, supplementing their curriculum with college prep. Second, it will systematically expose students to college by bringing all students on a college tour. Third, it will strategically partner with underperforming schools, maximizing the collective resources of the community. Finally, by providing an informed staff and intentional follow-up, students who are the first in their family to attend college will not navigate the application process on their own.

During the pilot year of the College Bus, all CCVHS students will participate in a College trip to a local college, including an overview of the school and its application requirements, meeting a current student, a discussion of cost and financial aid, and a video of Bresee alumni sharing about their college experiences. This model will ensure that every CCVHS student is informed about key topics and has visited a private college, two junior colleges, a UC, and two CalStates by graduation.

Though a college tour will create the desire for youth to attend college, it alone will not ensure that students are college-ready. Following the college trip, Bresee will partner with test prep expert Tutor Ted to offer comprehensive college prep for all students:



  • 9th graders and their parents will participate in a 2-hour A-G Requirement workshop, to ensure that they graduate college-ready.

  • 10th graders will participate in 4, 2-hour sessions of PSAT prep, to give them test exposure and an opportunity to improve their scores.

  • 11th graders will participate in 4, 2-hour sessions of PSAT prep and 15, 2-hour sessions of SAT prep, focusing on test taking strategies. Students who have not yet passed the CAHSEE will receive 8, 2-hour sessions of remedial CAHSEE prep, to ensure that they graduate on time. They will also complete Personal Statement Bootcamps, to prepare to submit their college applications.

  • 12th graders will receive 4, 2-hour sessions of SAT prep and FAFSA/scholarship bootcamps, to secure the required funds for college.

Bresee's regular youth programs will also be available to CCVHS students, including tutoring, paid internships, athletics, arts, and family services. College Bus participants will be eligible for Bresee's needs-based college scholarship, which has awarded 100 students with almost $500,000 in the last decade.

After successfully implementing this pilot program at CCVHS, the model may be replicated by Bresee at any of the 10 central LA high schools in a three-mile radius of Bresee. The model may also be adapted and replicated by other non-profits, to systematically ensure that all 1,632,427 students attending public schools in LA are college-ready by 2050.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

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Some of Bresee's most important achievements to date include:



  • Awarding over 100 students almost $500,000 in scholarships over the last decade.

  • Providing college tours for over two decades, and serving 236 students with college prep in 2012.


  • Serving over 1,000 youth annually in its state-of-the-art 15,000 square foot community center, which houses three tutoring classrooms, art, dance and music studios, a 28-station technology lab, and a recreation room.

  • Providing wraparound family services in partnership with the Wilshire FamilySource Center, since 2008, equipping 1,628 families in 2012.

  • Supporting local families facing financial hardship by offering over $90,000 in emergency family assistance since 2010.

  • Equipping over 500 students in the last decade with career-readiness and employment.

  • Expanding in 2012 to provide gang prevention through the Mayor's GRYD program.

  • Hosting seven annual youth Film Festivals on Social Justice, with over a hundred youth submitting films in 2012.

  • Demonstrating its impact in that 40% of Bresee's 33 staff members are former clients.


  • Celebrating its 30th birthday in 2012, proudly serving central LA with the vision of a community transformed by character-driven, creative, college-educated Bresee alumni, since 1982.

Bresee is proud of its many alumni who are living out its vision by serving the next generation. This success is exhibited by Cesar, who came to Bresee for a karate class and now has his own karate studio that offers its program at Bresee; by Pedro, who learned to make films in Bresee's media program and is now teaching film at a nonprofit; and by Roger, who was sent to Bresee by the probation department and recently served as assistant to assemblyman Mike Davis. These young leaders acknowledge that Bresee was critical to their success. Andy, a Bresee alumnus who now serves as a founding board member of Multi-Cultural Communities for Mobility, shares his story:

"My mom struggled to make ends meet. I had no sense of direction. I began using drugs and stealing to find happiness. I got caught and was referred to Bresee, where my perspective on life changed. I took anger management classes and met weekly with my counselor Rene who helped me to look at life differently. Bresee gave me this sense of accomplishment-something I had never felt before. One day Rene told me about a job opening at Bresee. I took the job and began working with first-time offenders, opening Bresee's first community service program. This was the first real job I had ever had. I worked part-time at Bresee, went to community college, and eventually transferred to UCLA. With the help of Bresee and their scholarship opportunity I graduated - something unimaginable during my younger days. Without Bresee's financial and emotional help I never would have gotten this far."

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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Bresee will continue its two-year partnership with CCVHS, a charter school one block away. In 2012, CCVHS' graduation rate was 83%. Only 38% of graduates went to a 4-year college and 52% completed the A-G Requirements. With one college counselor, CCVHS is not equipped to provide college prep for all students. Given CCVHS' record of academic gains, the College Bus is the ideal intervention to help CCVHS progress towards its goal of 75% of students going to college.

Bresee will also partner with Tutor Ted to provide test preparation. Bresee will continue working with College Access Foundation, which contributes to Bresee's scholarship fund, provides program support, and connects Bresee with training and networking.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

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The ultimate goal of the College Bus program is to intentionally prepare a full student body for college. This includes providing annual college trips to high schoolers using grade-specific curriculum and measuring improvement on grade-specific standards during the 2013-2014 school year (including A-G requirements, PSAT/SAT prep, CAHSEE prep, personal statements, FAFSA, and scholarships). Bresee's College Coordinator will work collaboratively with Tutor Ted and CCVHS' College Counselor to collect, maintain, and analyze the evaluation data supporting the following outcomes quarterly:

100% of CCVHS Students (450) will:



  • Visit a college campus on the College Bus, as measured by a pre- and post-test.

  • Set the goal of going to college, as measured by vision setting sheets, completed during the college tour.

  • Receive a tour of the Bresee Foundation and an overview of its Youth Programs while on their college tour, as measured by attendance.

95% of 9th grade participants will:



  • Develop an A-G Completion plan to share with their counselor and parents will gain an understanding of college requirements, as measured by A-G Completion plans.

95% of 10th grade participants will:



  • Improve on a PSAT practice test, collected by Tutor Ted.

95% of 11th grade participants will:



  • Increase their scores on PSAT and SAT practice tests, collected by Tutor Ted.

  • Demonstrate improvement on a CAHSEE practice test (if they haven't already passed the CAHSEE), as measured by pre- and post-tests collected by teachers conducting remedial tutoring.

  • Receive individualized feedback on their personal statement, as measured by attendance at personal statement workshops.

95% of 12th grade participants will:



  • Increase their scores on a SAT practice test, collected by Tutor Ted.

  • Complete or receive individualized assistance completing their FAFSA, as measured by attendance at FAFSA bootcamps.

  • Submit or receive individualized assistance completing a scholarship application, as measured by attendance at scholarship bootcamps.

  • Be eligible for the College Bus scholarship, as measured by College Bus program attendance and scholarship applications.

In addition to the outcomes based evaluation recorded above, students attendance at all of the workshops and tours will be tracked and analyzed to ensure that students take advantage of the full College Bus curriculum. While short-term successes can be seen through the numerical goals described above, the true mark of success will be that more students graduating from CCVHS will enroll in post-secondary education. This data will be monitored and tracked by CCVHS' College Counselor. Additionally, success of the College Bus program on a whole will be demonstrated by replication of the program at other local schools.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

The College Bus will benefit LA by systematically ensuring that the most academically at-risk students are exposed to college, college-ready, and ultimately college-bound. This will immediately include exposing a full student body of 450 to college and providing follow-up that results in A-G requirement completion; improved CAHSEE, PSAT, and SAT scores; and more college-ready students applying to college and enrolling with the necessary financial aid and scholarships. By piloting a scalable model, the impact of Bresee's College Bus will not only be felt in our corner of the city, but eventually across LA. After successfully implementing this program at CCVHS, the model may be replicated by Bresee at any of the 10 high schools (with almost 11,000 students total) in a three-mile radius of Bresee. This would allow us to progress towards a day when all of the high school students in the Rampart area have been exposed to college and are college-ready. The model may also be adapted and replicated by other non-profits, to methodically ensure that all 1,632,427 students attending public schools in LA are college-ready.

The majority of people that Bresee serves live in an area called the Rampart Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD) Zone. This is the most densely populated area in LA, with an estimated 75,000 residents, the highest concentration of recent immigrants in LA and 805 active gang members, responsible for nearly one-quarter of the city's gang-related crimes (Advancement Project, 2008). It is estimated that 90% or more of the students Bresee serves are at the low to very low-income level. The area has an unemployment rate of 11% (Urban Institute), compared to 6% countywide (2010 Census). The majority of the students that Bresee serves attend schools in the bottom 10% of schools statewide, with the lowest graduation rates in the city (California Department of Education, 2013), and only 25% of graduates complete necessary college prep coursework (Rampart GRYD Assessment, 2008). In 2012, 100% of Bresee's scholarship recipients were the first in their family to go to college.

By targeting the most at-risk youth with college prep and exposure services, the College Bus will create a culture of college-readiness in partner schools, resulting in a wave of students like Laura, an undocumented student who was hesitant about college due to finances. She got college prep through Bresee, earned a Bresee scholarship, and is now attending CalState, Dominguez Hills. Laura states, "Without Bresee, I wouldn't be where I am today." Or a wave of students like Mario, who attributes the 100-point increase in his SAT score, which landed him in his dream school (University of Oregon), to Bresee's SAT class. When the College Bus program is replicated across the city, not only will there be more Laura's and Mario's, but there will be long-term implications on the economic and social climate of the city at large (see below).

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

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In 2050, we envision a fleet of College Buses steering LA's most academically at-risk youth from areas such as South Central, Compton, Watts, and East LA to college. The program would have spread throughout LA and be on the road to becoming a national best practice in college prep. The College Bus program would have raised a large scholarship endowment, to continue providing needs-based scholarships to students in LA. Reputable local colleges and universities would partner formally with the College Bus program, committing to enroll low-income students from underperforming schools in their programs.

By creating systematic change for full high schools, the economic and social fabrics of the communities served by the College Bus will reap long-term rewards. Having overcome barriers to higher education, College Bus alumni will become adults who have:



  • A lower likelihood of unemployment; workers with their bachelor's degree are more than half as likely to be unemployed (The Atlantic, 2013).

  • Access to a broader job market; Nearly 60% of jobs require higher education (American Public Media, 2013).

  • A better chance of increasing their income quintile; A college degree gives low-income children a 75% higher chance of doing so (US Department of Education, 2012).

  • A variety of social benefits, including being more likely to volunteer, vote, exercise, and have health insurance and pension (New York Times, 2010).

Students who overcome the limitations imposed by their neighborhood, educational, economic or family circumstances and go to college exemplify the vision of the College Bus program. This vision has been lived out by generations of Bresee alumni, including Bresee's current College Coordinator, Chheav Em:


"I first heard about Bresee's college trip from my high school tennis coach [at Belmont High School.] She learned about the trip and suggested that I go. My parents always emphasized the importance of education. Although I didn't know a whole lot about college, I always planned on going. On the trip, I learned that college is all about independence and freedom. The trip showed me that there was a world out there that I knew nothing about and I was excited to be a part of it. One of the biggest impacts of this trip was the exposure to a small liberal arts university in Idaho, a school I never would've considered attending but ended up going to. I looked at it as an opportunity to experience something new. I got my degree in social work so that I could learn more about how to serve the youth and their families."

The same College Bus that shaped Chheav's future will now shape the lives of hundreds of youth in her neighborhood and the city at large. The ultimate goal is that in 2050, all students in LA public schools will overcome barriers to higher education and graduate from high school college-ready and college-bound.

Discussion
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I will never forget the time Bresee took me on a week long trip around the states to visit different Universities. It was the first time I had traveled outside of California without my family, but then again I was traveling with whom I considered my second family. The bus ride itself was amazing! From the beautiful scenery away from the city I had only seen in movies, to the great moments shared along the way with other youngsters my age that till this day I call friends. This wouldn't have been possible in my teen years if not for Bresee, its vehicles, and lovable staff. Bresee has forever changed my perspective of life. Thanks Bresee! :)

by ucanseegabriel
almost 3 years ago

Bresee and CCVHS are doing amazing work to support the deserving but underserved students of the Westlake neighborhood. Let's get this bus on the road!

by tutorted
almost 3 years ago

As staff, I've been on a couple of these life-changing college trips and find them very eye-opening for students that have never even traveled outside of Los Angeles. Everyone deserves a chance at getting exposed to college!

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

Once in a lifetime opportunity, let's make it count. Vote for the College Bus!

by ccalvillo
almost 3 years ago

Great program and definitely one that should be available to every student in LA. Even though I wasn't facing many of the obstacles Bresee youth are, I still remember my own college tour and how inspired I felt afterwards. College can be a very abstract concept for any student and seeing it in person made it seem real and possible for me for the first time.

by Danacascella
about 3 years ago

Help support a great opportunity for the youth of LA :)

by littoCin
almost 3 years ago

If it wasn't for the Bresee's College Tour back in 2000, I probably would not have had the experience of exploring many college campuses. The college tour experience changed my life and made me believe in myself more than I ever had. Coming from a a low-income family and being the first to graduate high school made it that much harder. That was the fuel that pushed me to continue on with my studies, and in all honesty I don't think I will stop anytime soon.

All kids deserve a chance, it's up to us to make it happen. Vote for the College Bus!

by ccalvillo
almost 3 years ago

Thanks to all of you who have posted about how past college trips, it's inspiring to hear about. The thing we are most excited about for the future of our college programs is this college bus idea--it will help us amplify the impact by literally 100X simply by using our resources in a smart way and in collaboration with a local school. Work smarter, not harder, and achieve a bigger impact for the kids who need it most.

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

I want to hear more Bresee Alumni stories--if you attended Bresee "back in the day" post your best stories here to share with old friends!

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

I was one of the youth who attended a Bresee college tour and it was an awesome experience! It would be FANTASTIC if other youth could experience the same!!! #youth #college #losangeles #Bresee

by jas_isall
about 3 years ago

Awesome!

by oshipley
about 3 years ago

Let's make a difference for tomorrow's future, this will definitely make a difference in our city.
The college tour i attended through Bresee impacted my life, I can imagine the impact this will do to all our youth.

by 2013tutor
almost 3 years ago

If only there had been a College Bus in my day...

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

Fonda so true!! many youth will have the opportunity that they may not have.

by Cristina Aviles
almost 3 years ago

Wouldn't it be great if all students in Los Angeles had an opportunity to explore different college options. Vote for the College Bus!

by chheav.em
almost 3 years ago

We need to make this happen for the youth of LA, this will make a change in their lives as it did for me.
Let's make a difference together :)

by ccalvillo
almost 3 years ago

We recently took a group of middle school youth to Occidental College in Eagle Rock--I remember one young man, Joseph, who came back totally psyched to go to Oxy when he grew up. This was a student who didn't believe he was headed for college before the trip. The week after the trip that was all he could talk about.

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

If Bresee hadn't taken me on a college tour back in 1988, I honestly believe I wouldn't have gone to college! I love every aspect of learning and I can't imagine being without an education! I have seen so many lives transformed by hosting our college preparation programs and college tours; imagine this happening on a larger scale! I am so excited about the college bus and I say everyone should get on board!

by fondawhitehead
about 3 years ago

I would also love to see this project spread across L.A. - how great to think of the entire city's high school students aware of the opportunities for going to college, to visit a campus and be prepared for what it takes to get in and be successful.. Great!

by jwindoffer
almost 3 years ago

Think of all of the opportunities that would be available for youth in Los Angeles! Please vote for the "College Bus"!

by fondawhitehead
almost 3 years ago

How many youth lives will be transform by touring a college campus and how many dreams will be accomplished, when this youth graduate from college.

by bvillacorta
about 3 years ago

C'mon Los Angeles!! Let's make college tours, SAT, PSAT, FAFSA, and scholarship bootcamps available to all students regardless of their g.p.a., family educational background, or what neighborhood they're from. This can be done!! This can be replicated!!

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

Thank you too all Bresee Alumni who took the time to vote! You all remember when we went on the Bresee college tour bus. Experience of a life time!

by jdesenclos
almost 3 years ago

And what a great concept to start working with the entire population of one high school. Then all the students can "get on board the College Bus"!

by jwindoffer
almost 3 years ago

What a difference it will make not only in the community but also in their families as well... Not all the students are exposed to an opportunity like this...

by duniaperich
about 3 years ago

Teaching the sixth graders college awareness, Susan and I were shocked and pleased at how interested they were about college life. There was no need to convince them that college was a positive opportunity. If that interest can be kept alive in them before they become distracted by life, they would probably be very likely to invest effort in making college part of their future. The college bus would afford an incredible opportunity to help keep the idea of college exciting.

by ARiberdy
about 3 years ago

Vote for the College Bus! It will motivate L.A. students to want to attend college and pursue a career that they love.

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

Let's hope every student gets a chance to jump on the College Bus!! Please vote!!!

by chheav.em
about 3 years ago

This is such a great program. I would love to see it grown not only at Bresee but spread out across Los Angeles and even beyond. Let's get voting for this one!

by jwindoffer
almost 3 years ago

This college bus idea needs to be part of all schools in LA.

by darrell.press
almost 3 years ago

All students should have a chance at college - this idea will expose more students than ever to the college experience.

by darrell.press
almost 3 years ago

Come on board...Vote for the College Bus!

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

tweet, repost and comment folks, let's get the word out in the last few days of voting!

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

A couple days left folks! Come on and get aboard the College Bus!!!

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

I Remember My First College Tour Way Back In 1993. I Fell In Love With The Experience That I Signed Up Every Time After That Till 1996. That

by fuzz.esco
about 3 years ago

If Bresee hadn

by fondawhitehead
about 3 years ago

Who wouldn't want to support the college bus! What a great opportunity for youth in Los Angeles!

by fondawhitehead
about 3 years ago

Get on board to support Los Angeles youth going to college and achieving a college degree.

by bobbyhkelley
about 3 years ago

When I was in High School my dad took me to visit three different campuses--an opportunity a lot of these kids won't have. I think this is a great way to help give an extra boos to kids who have big dreams but need help overcoming the big challenges they have to realizing those dreams.

by daniel.mcwhirter
about 3 years ago

Just the other day, I was talking to a junior at Central City Value High School who had never visited a college campus before. This is a scaleable, replicable idea. I can see a fleet of College Busses in 2050, transporting thousands of Los Angeles youth to universities and colleges throughout Southern California.

by setheklund
about 3 years ago

This is an amazing opportunity for all students, I was blessed to participate in one and it was the best experience ever! Please support.

by ccalvillo
about 3 years ago

Let

by chheav.em
about 3 years ago

Exposing youth to various college campuses is life-changing and inspiring. Can

by blanca.orellana
about 3 years ago

Great idea. I hope all kids in LA can get aboard the college bus!

by darrell.press
about 3 years ago

Who wouldn

by fondawhitehead
about 3 years ago

I'm so excited about the College Bus and how it will revolutionize college prep in LA!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

Thanks for the support! Every year we take students who say they don't see college in their future on trips to local schools and every year many come back saying "Mister, I'm going to go to college now--I want to go to [insert school name here]." Making it real and tangible definitely puts it on their radar.

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for the kind words Ted and thanks again for the SAT prep help you've brought to our community!

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

Amen! Once in a lifetime opportunity.
Thanks for the support!

by ccalvillo
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for the vote Oliver! Looking forward to seeing your class at our Arts Showcase in May!

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing your story, we are so glad the trip you went on made a difference for you.

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

Amen Cinthia!

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for your comment Jasmine! So many Bresee alumni have been impacted already by Bresee's college tours. I'm excited to make this program available to youth all over the city!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

Chheav, I remember the first college tour we took you on back in the 90's and now here you are a college graduate, leading the next generation of students from Central Los Angeles on the path towards higher education. I'm very proud!!

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

Great point! College tours are so critical to make college a reality, especially for students who will be the first in their family to go to college.

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

it's awesome to hear from all the Bresee alumni who were impacted by past college trips, thanks for sharing. I hope that in the future our trips will have an even bigger impact, providing SAT help and so on, all that follow up help that will connect the dots!

by daniel.mcwhirter
about 3 years ago

Amen!!

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

great way to start. Get them while they are young and build their enthusiasm for education!

by jwindoffer
almost 3 years ago

Another awesome Bresee alumni story, thanks for sharing

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

I agree. Every student should have the equal opportunity to get exposed to college campuses and go to college!

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

It's great to hear about the impact Bresee College Tours have already had on people like you!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing about your experience!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

I agree! Thanks for your support!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

What a great point! Putting today's high school students on the path to college will not only impact them, but also their families and communities.

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

Thanks for your comment!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

Thanks for your support Chheav and for sharing your College Bus story our video!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

I agree. Thanks for your support!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

What's also great is that it's not just about the trip, it's about all of the follow up services after the trip. Stuff like SAT prep help, helping younger students get ahead with the A through G requirements and CAHSEE test and so on. Get them to campus then give them the help they need to make sure they return as a student after HS graduation

by daniel.mcwhirter
about 3 years ago

Ted, you're doing an outstanding job preparing Bresee members for the SAT. Now, let's show them what it's like to be on a college campus. Vote for the College Bus!

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

It is so critical, we as formal youths know how hard it can be. But it does make a difference for our community and yes this will definitely make a difference.

Thanks for your support :)

by ccalvillo
almost 3 years ago

Yes Cinthia so true!!

by Cristina Aviles
almost 3 years ago

Chheav it would be great for everyone to have the experience and see what college life is about. How we did as youth are selfs.

by cristina.aviles.167
almost 3 years ago

That's right. Even kids who have an "idea" of college can be so surprised when they are actually on a campus. I remember my first visit to college "back in the day." Being there and seeing how students lived, worked, activities and opportunities available and just how lovely the campuses were, was so much better than I had imagined. I'd like our students to have that same kind of wonderful discovery today.

by jwindoffer
almost 3 years ago

Very true. I talked to Joseph as well. This is the only university he's ever visited.

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

Another awesome Bresee alumni story, thanks for sharing

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

A larger scale indeed is possible!!

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

It sure makes a difference, thanks for your support!

by ccalvillo
almost 3 years ago

It's great to hear about the impact Bresee College Tours have already had on people like you!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

It's great to hear about the impact Bresee College Tours have already had on people like you!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

The College Bus will keep them interested in college life and the many opportunities that it offers.

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for the comments and support and thanks for your volunteering. It's great to watch you and Susan in the College Prep class getting those 6th graders interested in the future (no small task I might add!).

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

I think folks underestimate what a simple trip and persistent followup can do to change the course of one young person's life. It creates a wave of change in a family, local community, and then an entire city.

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

Me too!!

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for your comment, Daniel. I agree that Bresee's new College Bus model will have "an even bigger impact."

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

I agree! Thanks for your support!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

I agree - Every student should be given the opportunity to tour a college campus.

by darrell.press
almost 3 years ago

I agree - Every student should be given the opportunity to tour a college campus.

by darrell.press
almost 3 years ago

I agree - Every student should be given the opportunity to tour a college campus.

by darrell.press
almost 3 years ago

Very true. The College Bus will transform the lives of students AND families. It will produce positive role models for the community.

by blanca.orellana
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for your comment Jasmine! So many Bresee alumni have been impacted already by Bresee's college tours. I'm excited to make this program available to youth all over the city!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

Thanks for your comment Jasmine! So many Bresee alumni have been impacted already by Bresee's college tours. I'm excited to make this program available to youth all over the city!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

Thanks for your comment Jasmine! So many Bresee alumni have been impacted already by Bresee's college tours. I'm excited to make this program available to youth all over the city!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

getting' crazy with the hashtags huh jasmine?

by daniel.mcwhirter
almost 3 years ago

So right Boris. I would be nowhere today without my college experience.

by darrell.press
almost 3 years ago

Jasmine, Amen! I loved and will always cherish our college experience together at NNU.

by ccalvillo
almost 3 years ago

Indeed!! Couldn't agree more!!

by setheklund
almost 3 years ago

Thanks for showing your support!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

A great point! I love hearing about students who, after attending their first college trip, have decided that the school they visited is the school they now plan to attend. Seeing a campus makes such a difference!

by aflickner
about 3 years ago

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