BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo Center for Educational Collaboration continues its mission of giving Buffalo Public School students access to higher education with its latest $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, through the Higher Education Services Corporation, money that will help create a program that encourages underprivileged youth to consider attending college.
The new program — Destination College! — is a free, three-session program for 300 to 400 juniors in the Buffalo City School District who may have overlooked college as an option for their future. Through the program, students receive a mentor and a workbook that will walk them through the application and financial aid process for continuing their education beyond high school.
“Even if students don’t go to a four-year college, they know the process [from this program] and how to maneuver around and find the pipelines for getting in,” says Teresa Barrett, Center for Educational Collaboration (CEC) program manager for University Pathways.
“We’re telling them that they need a higher education in order to be competitive. You need a trade or skill, and education is necessary. We see unemployment rates. We see the challenges. We need the children, or youth, to have access to this so it’s not too late. We need to expose them now, and this is the program that can do it.”