Our group, 305 Rise, has met for the first time and we're scouting schools and administrators who will help us with our project. The "main idea" (which is subject to change) is this: enable a group of high school students, through leadership training and mentoring, with the goal of creating a "club" that will focus on going through a mock college application process (including a financial aid application, getting letters of recommendation, testing assessments, personal essays). This "club" will garner support from local organizations, e.g, Strive for Sucess, school administrators and parents. The ultimate goal is to help at least 60 students feel prepared to enter college because they would already know the process.
That being said, we have a lot of work to do. It is my hope that by focusing on one school, we can take this "big idea" and make it feasible while also making a difference. With the tools we learned at the LLI, and the continued support of our mentor, Natalie, along with faculty at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership and Miami Dade College, si se puede.
I was also recently interviewed by Walter Villa, a freelance writer for the College Forum and ESPN, on the post-LLI experience. The College Forum, por si te interesa, is a newsletter by MDC connecting the stories of students, faculty, staff and alumni. That article is due out in September and I'll post it once it's available.
In the "interim," I'll leave you with some of the media coverage of the Harvard LLI:
- Latino Leadership Initiative Galvanizes Students to Write Their Own History
- Miami Dade College and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership Partner to Develop Young Hispanic Leaders
- Harvard, MDC Team Up to Train Leaders