For the past 25 years, The Urban League of Greater Cleveland has been instrumental in developing relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. These tours are unique because they spotlight three, high impact, focus areas. The tours expose the students to a variety of institutions. They visit small, large, public and private institutions. They walk the campuses and get a very clear sense of what it would be like transitioning from class to class and how different a college schedule is from high school.
Participating students are engaged in challenging educational activities that range from games on the bus, actual class work at the colleges and/or museums and cultural activities in the surrounding community. An average student begins to see what it takes to pursue a college level education. At all times the students are encouraged to try new things and explore their potential. Students also have multiple opportunities to have conversations with current students, gaining valuable first hand information on college life and what it takes to succeed. Students receive reinforcement that their future is within arms’ reach…… they simply just have to reach for it. Students start the tours undecided. Yet, once they complete, they return, focused and determined.
Ultimately, the HBCU Tours provide students an experience that will help them to create a post secondary education plan that is achievable and therefore has a higher potential for being successfully completed. Successful completion is not only marked by a student going to college, but by remaining in school until graduation. Achieving a college education sets the students on a solid foundation that further prepares them to compete in a global economy and thusly contribute to the well being of themselves, their family, the community and eventually the world.
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