Administered out of the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access through the Institute for College Preparation (ICP), Kids2College is an early college awareness program that introduces 6th-grade students to the concept of higher education by placing Georgetown University students in local elementary and middle school classrooms to facilitate college preparation workshops.
While many colleges and universities already have educational awareness programs in place, “Kids2College” is unique in its outreach to sixth graders. The sooner students and their families learn about all of their educational options, the sooner they can begin to prepare for them. Sixth grade is a particularly critical point for decisions that affect a child’s future education, a time when many students begin to question the value of a high school diploma.
The Kids2College curriculum emphasizes interactive, hands-on activities that reinforce the program’s premise: higher education is something you can achieve if you plan ahead. Additionally, the program allows them to explore careers and the educational requirements necessary to reach their career goals. At present, the program reaches out to Washington DC area schools in Ward 7. Georgetown University students selected and trained as facilitators visit the 6th-grade class in each designated school twice a week for up to six weeks. The students discuss their personal experiences of college life, pre-college accomplishments, career interests, and answer specific questions.
The program concludes with a day-long visit to Georgetown’s campus – the Shadow Day Experience. Each year, over 150 students, faculty, and staff from our middle schools tour the campus, conduct a scavenger hunt, meet GU faculty and staff who share their college experiences, attend lectures/seminars, and have a lunch with all staff and students in the Leo O’Donnovan’s Dining Hall.
For more information about Kids2College, please contact the Institute for College Preparation at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 687-0894.