Eight youth from the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) Youth and Family Development program are taking a six day trip to institutions of higher learning. The Annual Youth College Tour will stop at colleges and universities in Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi. Visits will include the campuses at Illinois State, Fisk University, Tennessee State, and Jackson State.
During the stops, the young women and men will be able to get a feel for the campuses, class and career offerings, as well as get information on the application process and financial aid. The trips in the past have been instrumental in inspiring young people to shoot high for their career and life goals. They have led many participating youth to be admitted to and earn degrees from many excellent colleges and universities.
One past college tour participant, Atiya, is currently a senior at Rufus King High School in Milwaukee. She wrote after taking part in the 2011 SDC College Tour “With my mom being a single mother…sometimes college seems out of the question, but going on this trip has made my dream of attending college more of a reality.” Atiya made that dream a reality when she was recently accepted at Marquette University. She plans to attend that school next fall.
To learn more about the many youth programs at SDC including the annual College Tour, go to www.cr-sdc.org/index/Programs–Services/Family-Strengthening/Youth-and-Family-Development-Program.htm.