Cat in the Hat Returns: The College Path - March 2015
The College Path

MARCH 2015

Mission Graduates
Sending Mission youth to college since 1972

Mission Graduates Celebrates a Seuss-tastical Birthday!

To see more of our Seussical day, visit our facebook page!
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During the first week of March, Mission Graduates students celebrated Theodor Seuss Geisel's 111th birthday with an afternoon of Dr. Seuss read-alouds, art projects and fun activities.  We always feel so fortunate to have great volunteers join us for the day.  

Students were treated to a visit from Cat in the Hat himself, as well as a chance to bring to life Dr. Seuss books through art projects like tissue-paper Truffula Trees, Horton Elephant Ear headbands and Dr. Seuss book marks.  

A big thank you to DoubleDutch, Uversity, Hermanas Unidas de SFSU, Hiscox, SmarterCookie, Devoted Women for Change and Google, as well as some amazing College Connect writing coaches reading to future CCers. Having so many awesome volunteers from the community with us to read, listen to our read-alouds and to take on the adult jobs of the art projects is always such a treat!

~Jenna Casey, Development and Volunteer Manager

Everett Beacon Breaks Down the Path to College

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Two students show off their additions to the Path to College

Last week was "College Week" at Everett: students participated in activities each day that rallied excitement and eagerness for college. On Tuesday, students could have a college logo painted on their face or hand, completed a scavenger hunt of staff college experiences (such as, "did you have friends on the first day of classes?"), and shared their hopes and goals for their future on a massive "Road to College" banner.

The week culminated in a school-wide assembly, in which students won college gear for completing their passport of participation in College Week. Mission Beacon program leaders also administer a lesson every 
Monday from the UC Berkeley Fast Forward to College curriculum, in which students learn habits that yield success in high school, college, and beyond, continuing Everett's culture of college being an attainable future. 

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Students showed future college pride on the yard, while learning about college from staff during the event.

~Suzie Berndt, Program Leader

Bryant Elementary Shakes Things Up This Spring


The Club at the Cartoon Art Museum.

At Bryant this spring, students have been introduced new enrichments such as chess, yoga, band, and even comic books. In band, students have been learning various instruments such as the guitar, piano, bass, or vocals.

In the Comic Book Club, members do not only read different comics, but also have the chance to visit museums. New activities such as these are Mission Graduates' way of helping students grow as scholars and well-rounded individuals.

Learning is not limited to only in the classroom; it is also practiced outside of class. On a recent field trip, Ms. Stephanie and Mr. Joe’s classes met with representatives from College Connect.  During the Q&A session, students asked a panel of college students about their experiences and got a chance to learn more about what a day on campus looks like.

Bryant students asking about college to the panel

After, Mission Graduates and the College Connecters worked on an art project to illustrate the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Experiences that bring the branches of Mission Graduates together enable students of all grades to learn the value and importance of a college education. Keep up the good work students, you are all one step closer to college!

~Jazzlyn Pastor, Communications Intern

A Different Kind Of Financial Literacy for Cohort 8


Cohort 8 visualizing income inequality during a MyPath activity

The juniors have had an amazing start to the program this Spring semester. The attendance has been high as they have been attending weekly ACT prep class meetings and building strong camaraderie along the way as they get ready for the Southern California College Tour at the beginning of April.

Cohort 8 students have also been meeting as a group and going over what their future finances will look like. Over the years, College Connect has partnered with the GLOW Foundation to provided excellent and thorough curriculum teach our youth the fundamentals of budgeting and saving money, college financial aid and even how to use banking services and credit cards.

This past cycle, however, College Connect decided to team up with MyPath and combine their curriculum with the program to present financial literacy from a different angle. MyPath ties in community issues like the high cost of living in San Francisco and predatory loan services like cash checking places that are prevalent in the Mission neighborhood that target low-income families. MyPath has an array of activities that are presented by youth from their program after extensive research and studying.

College Connect and MyPath with the groundwork laid out by GLOW has fostered more engaging and interactive activities that can relate to the youth that for the most part reside in the Mission District. The partnership thus far has been superb and we hope to maintain this collaboration for years to come.

~Ivan Aguilera, High School Program Coordinator

Family Literacy Shines at Flynn's Literacy Night


20150312_110622Last month, Flynn staff collaborated with the Parent Partner Program to plan the first ever Flynn Literacy Night.
We had an amazing turnout of parents, all of which were really happy with the workshops that were offered. They were able to learn about how to encourage their child to read at home and even practiced some skills with other parents. It was great to see parents from all the different grades getting together to learn something new.
While parents attended the workshops our coordinators were busy doing literacy activities with the kids. Some of the classes got together and did a Reading Buddy activity in which the older kids read to the younger ones. Other classes made collages and bookmarks.

~ Ana Gonzalez, Assistant Director

Dispelling College Myths at College Night

platicaOn a Friday evening in February, over 20 Latino parents at Cesar Chavez Elementary School gathered to learn how to support their children on the path to college. It was College Night, a partnership with Jamestown Community Center, and it was a wonderful success. 

At the beginning of the workshop, parents were asked about what they saw as the biggest barriers for their children to attend college. Money was on a lot of people's minds. During this workshop, Parent Partner Program staff shed light on the Path to College, dispelling misconceptions and giving parents tools to begin supporting their young students now.  We checked back in at th end and "Money" no longer seemed the biggest barrier to these parents who were now more focused on finding resources and information to support their student, improving grades and supporting their academics.

Through events like College Night, we always strive to help parents come away with a focus on supporting their children's academics and a commitment to learning more about college.

~Eric Cuentos, Director

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