The Issue: First-Generation Students' Academic Success
The first person in a family to complete college, known as a first-generation student, makes up 40% of the U.S. college population. Due to financial barriers, familial obligations, and other challenges, they are often less prepared academically than their non-first-generation peers, according to research from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis.
The Campaign: Send High-School Students on College Day
If this Grassroots campaign raises $100, then The Program for the Retention and Enrichment of Successful Students (PRESS) can send a first-generation high-school student on a college visit with a peer mentor. During their day on campus, the student and peer mentor will attend classes and campus events, meet faculty and staff, and conclude with a dinner, where they'll recap the day and discuss the college-application process. Each additional $100 raised will be used to send another first-generation high-school student on a college visit.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
The Program for the Retention and Enrichment of Successful Students (PRESS)
Created in 2010 to boost the academic preparation and retention of first-generation college students, PRESS works with these students to build critical thinking, creative writing, and time-management skills. Along with receiving academic advising, selected students participate in workshops, group projects, and an integrated curriculum designed to increase both their academic success and satisfaction.
PRESS's Take a Kid to College component provides high-school students—particularly those who may not have thought of college as a possibility—with an opportunity to experience college life. After a day attending classes with a peer mentor and meeting faculty and staff, the students can learn more about the college-application and preparation process.
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