During winter recesses Cody Rivera H’17 along with staff from the Youth in Progress program carried out a welcoming for foster youth at HWS. The program went from 12:30pm to 4:00pm and engaged students in a number of informative presentations, introductions to the colleges, as well as a college tour of the campus. Students got to visit the offices of the Higher Education Opportunity Program for an information session, as well as the Centennial Center for Leadership, the Salisbury Center for Career Services, and the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Admissions also participated in an information session with Intercultural Affairs. This will hopefully be an ongoing opportunity for foster youth from Region Three and reflects HWS’ commitment to the social mobility of students from low income backgrounds.
“The reason I organized this college tour is because I wanted the foster youth from region three of New York to know and see first hand that college is a possibility and that succeeding is a possibility as a foster youth, during their time in foster care and during their time transitioning out of foster care.” -Cody Rivera H’17
“The first Youth in Progress College Tour event was a great success. The foster youth from Region Three of NY were very engaged and the speakers from HWS were very informative.” -Eleanor Daiga, Youth Engagement Specialist at the Professional Development Program.