Students from Forest Park, Jonesboro, Morrow, and Mt. Zion high schools got a week-long lesson in preparing for college life during AmeriCorps annual Student Leadership and College Preparatory Conference.
Held from April 2 to April 6, the Clayton State’s student chapter of AmeriCorps offers the program during spring break, so high school students can learn valuable skills and information that will help them to succeed in high school and excel in College, both academically and personally.
Clayton State AmeriCorps members led sessions on financial aid, conflict resolution, and admissions. Additionally, the high school students got to sit-in on a college class, attend a college involvement fair, take a campus tour, and participate in team building exercises.
The purpose of the activities is to create a more holistic student.
“I really enjoyed the program [since] I’m actually attending college this year,” said Simone Maul, a senior at Morrow High School and a fourth year conference attendee.
Maul plans to attend Clayton State with the intent to join the university’s AmeriCorps program. She credits her motivation for attending college to the conference.
Aside from college readiness, mentoring is a key component of the conference. AmeriCorps members support the high school students in fulfilling their goal of attending college. They also help prepare students to take the Georgia High School Graduation test and End of Year Course tests so they can graduate on time.
“This is my third year attending the SLCPC,” said Morrow High School junior Dominick Dewberry. “What I gained differently this year was the bonding aspect. On top of that I received [help from] a wonderful mentor.”
Students earned a participation certificate for completing team building exercises.