college access and success program
Today just 11% of first-generation, low-income students graduate from college; our goal is 90%.
We start by preparing our students well before the college application process begins with college success and career readiness workshops, help in finding summer internships and assistance with professional development and networking skills. Peninsula Bridge also works extensively with our high school families to provide additional support through workshops and 1:1 meetings.
The Peninsula Bridge College Access and Success Program is made up of 3 major components:
1. College Access Counseling
Our two college counselors cover the college application process from A-Z. For instance, they work with students 1:1 and in small groups to form appropriate college lists, meet with visiting college admissions officers, write compelling application essays, and apply for financial aid and scholarships. The counselors also take juniors and seniors on college visits, including a summer trip to colleges in Massachusetts and Connecticut. We also hold workshops for parents focused on navigating the college landscape as a parent of a first generation student.
2. College Success Transition
Our primary goal is facilitating a successful enrollment experience for our students. The summer before students leave for college they participate in several workshops designed to aid in the transition from high school to college. These specially designed clinics are administered during The Peninsula Bridge Annual College Retreat, held on a local university campus. Topics include: FAFSA and Understanding Your University's Financial Aid System, Managing Principal Expenses, Dorm Life 101 and Roommate Etiquette.
3. College Success Advising
Our college coaches communicate with students regularly, and visit them periodically, to ensure they are taking advantage of the resources and opportunities offered at their universities. We also assist in the annual renewal of financial aid applications (FAFSA), provide financial literacy support for parents and students, and aid in obtaining professional summer opportunities to develop a professional resumé before graduation. Peninsula Bridge believes that all of our students, if given equal access to educational and career opportunities, can successfully graduate from college ready for a career.