This summer, Club teens from across the state are touring local colleges and universities as a way to learn more about the college application process. In June, twenty teens from the Greater Newark and Claymont Clubs traveled to the University of Delaware for a tour of the campus. Led by student guides, the teens toured classrooms, athletic facilities, and student centers. The teens had the opportunity to learn about the admissions process and various academic and extra-curricular programs that the university has to offer.
Attendees were given the opportunity to ask any questions they had about applying and attending the university during the campus tour, from dining plans to housing options. The group then ate lunch at one of the North Campus dining halls, Pencader Residential Dining, where they were able to sample some of the food options that the school provides. As many of the participants in the teen program are still in middle school or their first two years of high school, the tour provided a great opportunity for them to get a head start on thinking about future plans for college while getting a glimpse at what benefits higher education has to offer. With 97% of Club teens expecting to graduate from high school, these Summer College Tours are the next step in their academic careers. The tour program acts as a supplement to the other programs the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware provide to our teens, such as Diplomas to Degrees, which is a college readiness program, and College Awareness Planning Program, which helps teens navigate the college process, from testing and application essay writing, to scholarships and financial aid.
The college tours will continue every other Monday over the course of the summer and include teens from the Claymont, Newark, Brown, and Dover Clubs who will visit Lincoln University on July 10th, Bowie State University on July 24th, and Villanova University on August 7th. This program provides an opportunity for the participants to not only gain valuable information about higher education but is also an activity that brings together teens from across different Clubs to come together in an enriching environment. For more information, please reach out to Seth Cottom at firstname.lastname@example.org.