A large group of Kansas City Public Schools scholars are on the road this week towards reaching their college and career goals during the Kansas City YMCA’s Young Achievers 2016 Spring Break College Tour.
Twenty-one KCPS scholars have joined this year’s tour, which runs March 13-19. Proud parents and excited teens gathered for the tour launch ceremony at the 8th Street Family YMCA in Kansas City, KS. Before the students and chaperones boarded a pair of busses, Young Achievers Director Garrett Webster and YMCA Kansas-Missouri Region President David Byrd congratulated the families on making a smart choice and talked about the longterm value of the tour.
“The two things that this trip is most about are providing hope and possibilities for the young people in this room’s future,” Byrd said. “Hope for what’s possible.”
During the tour, students will visit Albany State University, Tuskegee University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, Bethune-Cookman University and Harris-Stowe State University. They will also go on a STEM business tour of Sea World and get a special business tour of Atlanta. The goal of the tour is to expose urban students to their college options and give colleges a chance to recruit those students to their campuses. Students often return from the tour with college acceptance letters and scholarship offers.
Young Achievers encourages students to pursue high educational and career goals resulting in high school graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. Through academic, career exploration and mentoring, this program helps youth to raise their academic standards, develop a positive sense of self, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and learn from role models who inspire them to greater heights. Students participate in culturally based programs that foster leadership, a diverse community, and promote lifelong learning. The Young Achievers program is a national YMCA program that began in Houston, TX in 1967. Out every 1,000 Achievers participants nationwide, 998 graduate from high school, and 9 out of 10 enter into post-secondary education.