College Possible Philadelphia is recruiting its next cohort of students in all six of its partner high schools. To be eligible to join the program, students must be sophomores who meet certain income requirements, have a GPA of 2.0 higher and have aspirations of attending a 4-year college or university.
“We have been using different touch points to engage students,” shares transition coach Talyah Gilbert, who provides recruitment support at George Washington High School, Jules E. Mastbaum Vocational Technical High School and Penn Wood High School. “We attend lunch periods to talk with students, hold information sessions after school and provide students with our contact information so they can reach out with any questions or concerns. It is important we do our best to be accessible to students.”
While AmeriCorps coaches lead recruitment efforts at their respective schools, current College Possible Philadelphia students have stepped up to encourage their younger peers to join the program and assure them that committing to the program will change their futures for the better.
Over 270 students have applied to be a part of the program so far. This is a very encouraging start to a recruitment process that typically spans multiple months and the level of interest from students has been motivating for College Possible coaches. “I’ve been energized by the determination and drive of students who are juggling school, extra-curricular activities and sometimes jobs, who are also focused on their futures and know College Possible will help them get where they want to be,” says Calvin Trisolini, a transition coach assisting Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical High School, Parkway Center City Middle College and Upper Darby High School.
Coaches and staff members are excited about College Possible Philadelphia’s incoming cohort of juniors, and the enthusiasm they bring as they embark on their college journey.
By Ian Reitz