Archive for December 2014

College Application Week 2014

College Application Week is a national initiative that raises awareness about the importance of college planning. Last month, throughout the week of November 17th – 21st, LYFE sites citywide celebrated the initiative, supporting student parents with college exploration opportunities and experiences. To make the week fun and informative, LYFE staff wore college swag (e.g. shirts, sweaters, and pennants ) branded with their alma mater; shared blasts from the past photos from their college years and graduations; and planned informative activities about college applications, financial aid and college life. Check out how two of our LYFE sites celebrated the week.

LYFE at Hillcrest High School in Queens

A recent LYFE alumna visited LYFE at Hillcrest High School in Queens to speak with LYFE student parents about her experience attending LaGuardia Community College and the free support services, such as metro-cards, book stipends and free tutoring she receives from the ASAP program.  Students were excited to learn that programs like ASAP exists to support students financially, academically, and personally.

LYFE at Jane Addams High School in the Bronx

LYFE student parents attended a private tour of Bronx Community College. Student parents observed college students in classes, studying in the library, and connecting with peers. The student parents were also able to check-out the campus’ childcare center, which helped several student parents see and feel that attending college while parenting is possible!

College Application Week is one of many ways LYFE promotes post- secondary education. LYFE social workers work closely with student parents’ home schools to support students’ transition into college.  On average, LYFE has approximately 200 student parents each year complete high school or a high school equivalency program, many of who apply and enroll in college.

To see photos from College Application Week 2014, visit the photo gallery below.

Special thanks to the following LYFE sites for sharing photos from their College Application Week celebrations:

  • Beach Channel Educational Campus
  • Far Rockaway Educational Campus
  • Hillcrest High School
  • Jane Addams High School
  • Long Island City High School
  • Louis D. Brandeis High School
  • Springfield Gardens Educational Campus