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Youth Today Article Details College Possible’s Success Guiding First-Generation Students

College Possible Philadelphia was featured in a Youth Today article about assisting students in navigating the college process. The article features College Possible student Camellia Brown, currently a freshman public relations major at Temple University, and her struggle to apply for college as a first-generation student from a low-income background.

Over 80 percent of students from low-income backgrounds who take the ACT want to attend college, but only 66 percent enroll.  Many of these students lack adequate guidance from high school counselors, who are stretched thin supporting hundreds of students. College Possible coaches support students like Camellia by filling in information gaps and providing personalized assistance during the college admissions process. With her coach’s help, Camellia got into a college that she believed to be a far reach and received a small scholarship and financial aid.

Coach support follows students through their college years, reminding them of financial aid and registration deadlines and assistance in dealing with a variety of other concerns.  Camellia says that the continued support she received from College Possible has been very important.  Her mother doesn’t necessarily understand the struggles of a college freshman, but her coach does.

You can read the full article at Youth Today.

By Ian Reitz

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