Student-Run Organization Assists Underrepresented High School Students with College Admissions Process; Hosts March 23 Program
Several hundred inner city high school students will gather at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights on Friday, March 23, for a day of workshops and career and college mentoring through the College EDge program.
College EDge, which was founded and run by YU students, is a year-long program that matches public high school students with YU undergraduates who help walk them through the college application process. The Seminar and Fair Day, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is the program’s annual flagship event. Funding for this event comes from a grant from New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, as well as YU student government organizations.
College EDge encourages high school students to continue their education by informing students about college options, how to properly prepare and how to apply. College EDge assists students in identifying a career path by providing information, resources and networking opportunities.
The Second Annual Seminar and Fair Day will give some 250 students on-site access to more than 30 college programs.
The day will also include presentations by Victoria Nneji and Robert Gordon, sophomores at Columbia University, who will discuss their college experiences, and Patricia Mabry, an admissions officer at Hostos Community College, who will discuss how a college education is achievable and worthwhile.
Workshops will include:
- Financial Aid guidance from YU’s Office of Student Finance, the Lehman College (CUNY) Office of Financial Aid, and Lolita Wood-Hill, director of Yeshiva College Pre-Health Advisement
- “Writing a Personal Statement” given by representatives from the YU Wilf Campus Writing Center
- “Time Management” delivered by representatives from the Yeshiva College Office of Academic Support
- “Making the Most Out of College” by representatives from the Yeshiva College Career Development Center
- Swab-A-Cheek will also be presenting at the fair, continuing their work in raising awareness for “Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Bone Marrow Registry”
College EDge was conceived of in December 2010 by Jonah Rubin, a senior biology major at YU. “While tutoring at George Washington High, I realized that many of the local teens were struggling with college admission because they lacked access to the guidance and backing that I and so many take for granted,” said Rubin. “College EDge attempts to rectify this disparity by sharing the many resources of Yeshiva University with underrepresented students throughout New York City.”
Rubin credits the YU Admissions Office, Office of Student Life, Academic Advisement, Career Development Center, Writing Center and Financial Aid Office teams with helping organize successful College EDge events. The Office of Pre-Health Advisement, notably Lolita Wood-Hill and Debbie Beaudreau, has worked particularly closely with College EDge since its inception.
College EDge has recently been recognized by the New York City Department of Education, which now helps to streamline students most in need and expand the program’s reach beyond the Washington Heights community.