YU Students Give Neighbors “Edge”

College EDge Informs, Educates Underrepresented NYC High School Students About College

On Friday, December 16, College EDge—a Yeshiva University student-run organization founded to inform and educate underrepresented public high school students about college—ran its first event of the academic year. Titled “Design Your Future: Choosing Your Career Path,” its goal was to inform students about the wide variety of career and trade options available to them and how to begin on their journey. The event, sponsored by SCWSC, YCSA and YSU, attracted 42 students from nearby George Washington Public High School in Washington Heights.

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The event began with Laurie Davis, director of counseling & programming at YU’s Career Development Center, presenting on numerous career options, current hot job sectors and general tips on resume-building and job interviews. Following Davis, Lolita Wood-Hill, director of Yeshiva College pre-health advisement, spoke about how students can play to their strengths in choosing a career, drawing on her own personal experiences as well as her years of experience in academic advisement.

Following the presentations, participants lunched with 16 trained College EDge mentors from Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women who volunteered to assist with the event.

“This event also accomplished one of the many indirect but important goals of College EDge: the integration of Yeshiva University with its community—bridging the gap, breaking the barrier,” said Jonah Rubin ’12YC, founder and president of College EDge.

After lunch, each of the mentors met with groups of students to discuss how to apply what they learned at the earlier presentations to their individual interests. The Career Development Center provided professional career assessment packets to help guide the discussion. The event concluded with a brief discussion about college and college life, led by Brian Sanders ’13YC, director of public outreach for College EDge.

To learn more about College EDge or to get involved visit www.collegeedge.us.

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