This morning I attended a press conference to kick off College Week in San Antonio. About 25 adorably proud students from Briscoe Academy stood up straight and tall, all dressed in their college t-shirts behind the Mayor while he read aloud a proclamation for the week ahead. The Superintendent of San Antonio Independent School District was also there and he talked about how every kid can go to college, but they have to be told that the opportunity awaits them. They need to hear it from the supportive adults in their lives.
Big Brother or Big Sister has been proven in volumes of research to stop these cycles.
A report released in January 2014 by MENTOR, an organization dedicated to closing the mentoring gap for our nation's youth, revealed that there are an estimated 9 million at-risk youth who will reach the age of 19 without ever having had a mentor (formal or informal). The report also reveals that these youth are far less likely than their mentored counterparts to get the support they need to succeed in school and aspire to higher education. In contrast, surveys of youth mentored in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas program in 2003 show that:
· 93% of students expect to graduate from high school, and
· 85% of students plan to attend college
When I graduated high school I knew I wanted to go to college but I had no idea how to make it all happen. I ended up taking it, literally, one class at a time (often 1 class a semester or less) and I managed to graduate, albeit on the 10 year plan. This week I am really looking forward to the 4th annual College Week during which hundreds if not thousands of elementary, middle and high school students in my community will learn more about college and how to get there than I ever did in school! You can show your support by joining in each day's activities and events found on the Destination College website. And don't forget the following:
- Monday - Wear your Sunglasses, cause your future's so bright
- Tuesday - Silly sock day
- Wednesday - Hat's off to Education
- Thursday - Dress for Success in a Tie
- Friday - College T-shirt Day
On my way out of the press conference this morning I saw this bulletin board and I had to snap a quick picture because isn't it the truth!?