Student applications are rolling in at Marine Leadership Academy, Bowen High School, and Thomas Kelly High School, where AmeriCorps members serving with College Possible Chicago are reaching motivated students ready to make their college goals a reality.
“It’s been great,” says Alison Gerber, a High School Coach serving at Bowen, “The best part is definitely getting to talk to the students and hear what they have to say.”
In order to be a part of College Possible, interested high school juniors are required to write a short essay, get permission from their parents or guardians, and participate in one-on-one interviews with a College Possible coach. The process allows coaches to get to know their potential students and determine how College Possible can best support them in their journey towards higher education.
In just three weeks, over 115 students have started or completed their application to become part of College Possible Chicago’s first high school student cohort. That number is certain to continue rising, which is good news as both students and coaches are excited to move on to the next step: starting sessions that will put students on the path to college.