Each freshman involved in the program researched a higher learning institution of their choice then created a tri-fold to present their research to their fellow students. Ronesha, a girl with a self-proclaimed love for science, designed her yellow and blue tri-fold around the Air Force Academy, the institution she hopes to attend one day.
Although only a freshman, she already anticipates the work awaiting her in the application process, and plans to make extra preparations to study for the ACT and SAT.
The Air Force Academy was not the only institution featured that is located outside of Missouri. Other universities included California State University-Los Angeles, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Alabama, and many more.
The college fair was the teens’ final project in the community service learning component of the Teen Outreach Program®. TOP® allows students at Lift for Life learn valuable life skills while helping them to achieve the 80 hours of community service required by their school each year. The community service learning component of TOP® plays a vital role in developing healthy behaviors and improved self-efficacy in young people. By participating in community service learning, teens are able to discuss, plan, and implement their chosen project then reflect on their successes and failures.
For the fair, many students combined their community service requirement with valuable personal research; Cameron, a die-hard University of Texas football fan, used the project as an opportunity to not only better understand his favorite university but also hone in on a major that appealed to him. By being exposed to higher education options and evaluating their schools of choice, Cameron and his fellow TOP® classmates are more likely to set realistic goals and make healthy and attainable decisions.
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