CAP’s Summer Summit
It’s graduation time! Our high school caterpillars will soon become college butterflies! This is a very exciting time for our students as they celebrate their achievements and look forward to the next step of their journey, but many students will begin to worry or become nervous about the next steps. “Will I be able to make friends? Will I be able to keep up with college level learning? I’ve never been away from home before.” We want our students to succeed in college, and one way we can do that is by helping to make the transition a little easier. So please welcome CAP’s Summer Summit, our inaugural summer transition program!
Why students should register
The vast majority of first year college students experience some difficulty transitioning to their new environment be it academic or social. Our FREE program offers workshops and activities to address some of the issues that our alumni have run into during their first year. In fact, our alumni are involved to help facilitate and shape the workshops. And, some of them will be there to answer questions and share experiences because who knows what our seniors are going through better than our alumni? It’ll also be a great way for our students to meet other Pasadena students who may be going to the same college. Oh, and there will be free food. So students can come for the food, stay for the information, and leave with some new friends!
Why it matters to our community
CAP believes in the importance of fostering a college-going culture in our community. We support our students who want to go college, but we want them to succeed in college as well. Why? Because when our students do well in college and have great experiences in college, the younger students perceive college not only as a possibility for them, but also as a place where they too can thrive, a place where they want to go. Ultimately, this increases the skills and education levels of the workforce in our community and wherever else our students end up.
Why you should get involved
CAP staff and alumni are working hard to provide this free service to underserved students, but we can’t do it without help from the community! While we’ll need help with student interviews, facilitating workshops, and good ol’ fashioned people power (set up, food service, clean up, crowd mitigation, etc.), we would love to have volunteers involved to show our students that our community recognizes their efforts and wants them to succeed. According to a 2008 report published by The Pell Institute, low-income, first-generation students are nearly four times more likely than their less-disadvantaged peers – 26 to 7 percent – to leave their postsecondary educational institution after their first year. So let’s do what we can to help close that gap!
CAP’s Summer Summit will be held at CalTech on Saturday, June 13th from 8:30am-2pm.
Please contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in getting involved as a volunteer at our event. Should you have any questions or want more information about the summit, feel free to contact Joanne at email@example.com.