Nearly 350 8th-11th graders from the Boston Spine participated in CollegeWorks held in Kensington, New Hampshire on Saturday, October 21, 2012.
CollegeWorks is a collaboration initiative between Grand Circle Foundation, Bottom Line and community partners in the Boston Spine – the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. The goal is to more than double the number the number of students from the Spine to 400 who receive a 4-year college degree by 2018. Grand Circle Foundation will invest and leverage more than $10 million over the next 5 years.
Goals of CollegeWorks 2012 include:
- To provide inspiration and information to students from the Spine to achieve the dream of a 4-year college degree
- To provide an experiential learning expereience for students to develop confidence and their personal leadership
- To celebrate community and have fun
The sunny Saturday in October included 35 teams of students who were each assigned a Youth Leader and a Grand Circle Associate. Each team went through a series of three initiatives that related to college success while concurrently, more than 70 community-based organization leaders gathered for a leadership discussion with Alan and Harriet Lewis.
The program concluded with a skit competition and a large BBQ before the students were bussed back home. The event was a huge success and we look forward to CollegeWorks 2013!