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March 22, 2012 Posted by admin in Blog

Making the System Work

This winter, the Arab American Association of New York added a great new service to the College Readiness Program!

Teaming up with Youth Coordinator Christophe Jospe, I’ve been coming to volunteer every Wednesday after school hours, to meet with high school students who are working on college planning, applications, and financial aid. I’ve also started a resource website for gathering helpful information.

Whether you just want someone to go through the steps with you, or you finally need to get started “for real” this time, I can help! Everyone runs into questions while going through the college admission process, and I’m here to help you find answers.

One of the things I like about what I do is learning of ways to make “the system” help people when they need it. Your school’s staff, a college’s admissions office, financial aid representatives -- they all work there to help you. But most of the time, they won’t know you have a problem unless you come to them. My goal is to help every student know how to advocate for themselves.

We encourage students to find the resources that will help them keep moving forward. If you’re wondering what your next step is, talk to Christophe about coming to meet with me. We can help you work it out.

Thanks to the Learning Leaders College Planning program for coordinating this volunteer service!

-Liz Kies