Do you know a young woman of color who cannot dare to dream of going to college? Give her a boost of love, resources and support. Sometimes, all she needs is someone to believe in her to spark her lifelong belief in herself.
How did this project come about? A Facebook friend made a post about a young woman he knows at the YMCA where he mentors young people. She could not dream of going to college for lack of money and lack of encouragement. In response to a simple Facebook plea, we created, purchased, assembled and shipped her the first “College Inspiration Kit: Dream & Go, Girl!”
What does the kit include?
- 12-page personal letter and guide filled with recommended action items, resources and encouragement. The letter gives specific advice in several categories:
(1) Connect to your inside
(2) Read lots of book
(3) Seek help and talk to people
(4) Consider the many paths to college
(5) Set your goals, make a plan and take action, one step at a time
- Blank personal journal & supplies (pens, a pad of paper, yellow highlighters, folders, plastic envelopes).
- Books for inspiration, learning and doing.
- Printed Articles & Online Resources
- ‘I Won’t Give Up’: How First-Generation Students See College by Elizabeth A. Harris, May 30, 2017, the New York Times online. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/30/us/07firstgen-listy.html?mtrref=www.google.com
- 16 Empowering Books for Teenage Black Girls, By Michelle Denise Jackson (writer, performer, storyteller, and teaching artist living in Southern California. She is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study). http://www.forharriet.com/2014/07/16-empowering-books-for-teenage-black.html#axzz4jFTZeKeR
- Grants for Black Women (collegegrant.net/grants-for-black-women).
- 11 Top College Scholarships for African-American Students (April 12, 2016) http://time.com/money/4284925/college-scholarships-for-african-american-students/
- UNIGO. “The scholarship search site Unigo lists 18,000 scholarships for minorities, with $94 million available.” https://www.unigo.com
- YMCA.“For example, many local YMCAs help students in their Achievers programs find and apply for scholarships.” http://www.ymca.net/education-leadership/
- 4 Non-Profits That Empower Black Girls (huffingtonpost.com/nancy-laws/4-nonprofits-that-empower_b_6823204.html)