Early College Awareness
CALL TO ACTION - Your chance to make a difference!
The Harvard Club of Central Florida supports the HAA’s public service mission to promote Early College Awareness. The rising cost of ‘not going to college’ is staggering – and far outweighs the national headlines about rising college costs. One identified challenge is helping students understand early enough that “yes – college matters, and – yes – you can go!”. This program is not about ‘selling Harvard’ … it’s about coupling facts and figures that show early college awareness leads to greater opportunity in life WITH your own personal narrative of how you grew from one of “them” to become “you”. Think of it as your chance to ‘make the curriculum REAL’.
Here’s how you can help. Our club is looking for volunteers to speak to local middle schoolers in their classroom as part of National Teach-In Day in November. In 2019, that's Tuesday, Nov. 12th in Seminole County and Thursday, Nov. 21st in Orange County. You can speak to one class, or a day of classes. You can pair up with another alum or a colleague or family member with a story to share. HCCF will supply you talking points and visual aids that make (as former President Drew Faust termed it) "the case for college"; county teach-in coordinators will help you as well.
Over the past five years, 30 local alums spoke in 31 area schools ... and reached over 1700 students!
If you are interested in volunteering or have questions before committing, please email Larry Kahn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about HAA’s Early College Awareness efforts nationally by clicking here: https://alumni.harvard.edu/community/clubs-sigs/programs#ECA