College2Go & Finding Your Path
“Finding Your Path” (FYP) is a new initiative that complements our “I’m Going to College” Program. Due to many budget cuts in K-12 education, schools that we regularly partner with to host visits on campus are unable to afford transportation and staffing for campus visits. In an effort to continue our commitment to enhance access and awareness to higher education, FYP volunteers have developed an interactive presentation which is presented to K-12 students. Volunteers travel to local schools and coordinate presentations in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination—a college-readiness system designed to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges) classrooms and counseling offices.
FYP is geared toward educating first-generation and underrepresented students about higher education. First-generation refers to students who are the first in their families to attend and complete higher education. Studies have shown that students whose parents have attended higher education are twice more likely to attend college than those students whose parents have not attended college. The decision to attend college for many students comes prior to their junior or senior year in high school.
Our mission is to work with children from a young age to plant the idea of college so that by the time they are high school students, they are already preparing for their college career. This program addresses the lack of awareness among first-generation college students about their opportunity to gain a first-class, individualized education at the U of R and similar institutions.
This program provides another outlet for current U of R first-generation students to serve as community change agents through reaching out to surrounding schools.
If you would like more information about the program or are interested in hosting a presentation on your campus, please contact Priscilla_Moreno@redlands.edu at 909-748- 8871.