New Brunswick Tomorrow Sponsored College Readiness Workshops for AVID Students
Throughout April, New Brunswick Tomorrow (NBT) sponsored a college-readiness workshop series for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students at New Brunswick High School. This special project was designed and facilitated by the New Brunswick Education Foundation (NBEF), a leading college readiness and career development organization based in New Brunswick.
The purpose of these workshops was threefold. First, we focused on helping students assess their learning styles. Next, we shared the importance of time management. And lastly, we walked through a freshman year college checklist as they gear up for the fall. For first-generation college students, like many of our AVID students, the transition from high school to college can be overwhelming. The workshops, held on three consecutive Friday afternoons in March, aimed to provide engaging and practical information in a relatable way and were administered by NBEF’s Near Peer Training Team and members of its College and Young Professional Network. This group of New Brunswick alums consisted of Alexander Lopez Perez (Class of 2013), Assie Konneh (Class of 2009), and Jessica Varela (Class of 2007).
Following the workshops were “Final Reflection” sessions, during which the students presented reports on what they learned and, how they could apply the information, including, what surprised or stood out to them about the information. Presenting before NBHS alumni, Middlesex County College Leadership, and both NBT and NBEF staff and board members, students were assessed on their personal reflection and understanding of the key objectives from the workshops, presentation preparation, response to panel questions, and the creativity of the visual presentation. The top three student presentations will be awarded prizes for their efforts and will present their “Final Reflections” to the junior class (11th grade)in the AVID program.
These pilot workshops represent the kind of initiatives that NBT has a deep interest in supporting, as we look to partner with organizations such as NBEF in order to help New Brunswick students forge a clear path for their futures.
NBT is raising funds to establish 10 scholarships to be awarded to the Class of 2021 NBHS AVID graduates. We hope you will help us meet our goal for these scholarships and the support programs for these amazing students as they continue on their academic paths. Please make your donation today!