The best place to look for hope right now is from our students.
In July, our team in Washington spent three days offering a Summer Bridge College Workshop in partnership with the Sheng Yen Lu Foundation. We covered financial aid, academics, social wellness, finding community virtually, staying motivated during the pandemic, hearing from current college students, virtual campus tour scavenger hunts and more.
All students participating in the program immigrated to the United States within the last four years and will be attending college in Washington state. At the end of the workshop series, students walked away prepared to start school this fall, having built community amongst each other and with College Possible, and excited to take their next step in higher education.
In one of the workshops, everyone was asked to share a picture or object that brings them inspiration, if they were willing. So many shared pictures of their families and some even shared pictures from refugee camps. They spoke of the affections they felt and the heavy responsibility they bear to succeed academically.
They, like most of our College Possible students, are the first in the families to attend college. They know when they succeed, they move themselves, their families and their communities forward.
With your help, we can keep students on track for fall enrollment and college graduation.