The Key to Success…Preparation

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BY DAISEY SAUNDERS

“It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have one and not be prepared.”

– Whitney Young

Preparation is the key to success. In this rapidly changing, complex and competitive world, there is little question that students are expected to graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. They must be college or career-ready. They must be prepared. Too many of our students are unprepared – for life after high school.

To address this issue, the YMCA Achievers program offers a comprehensive college readiness curriculum for juniors and seniors, based not on the belief that every student will go to college. But, on the idea that every student deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares him or her for college or a career.

Mark Your Calendar: The second session of the Achievers College Readiness for Juniors and Seniors program will be held on Saturday, November 5 (from 10:00 – 12:00) at CareerSource SunCoast, located at 3660 N. Washington Blvd. During this session, students will continue to assess their skills and interests and get an overview of the college process, including steps to take when researching a college or a career.

Why Attend. Whether your goal is college or a job, here are six ( 6 ) compelling reasons for you to attend:

• Develop a college-going/career-oriented mindset

• Know and understand the college process

• Make the right career and college choices for the right reasons

• Make career and college choices that are consistent with interests, skills, talents

• Make a plan for your life

• Get a head start on the competition Throughout the series, topics covered include but are not limited to: career action planning, re- searching scholarships/ grants, writing essays for college applications and scholarships, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

(FAFSA), and developing critical life skills. Students will use computers to explore various college and career opportunities.

The Achievers College Readiness for Juniors and Seniors curriculum prepares students for opportunities – whether college or a job. It prepares students for life. Parents are encouraged to attend in order to learn how they can ensure their child’s success – emotionally and academically.

To learn more about the Achievers and the College Readiness pro- gram, please contact Ms. Jone S. Williams, Education Outreach Director for HIPPY Achievers or Ms. Daisy Saunders, Achiever Coordinator, at 941-365- 0056 or jwilliams@TheSarasotaY.org or dsaunders@thesarasotay.org.

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