College Prep Program Teaches Students To Give Back

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Going through the college admission process can be difficult, especially if you come from a low-income family where there aren’t as many resources available. Now there’s a program that is reaching out to those Omaha students in need and it’s also teaching them to give back to the community.

It was a busy Saturday morning inside the Women’s Center for Advancement in Omaha. Students from Papillion-La Vista High School were hard at work sorting clothes that will eventually go to women in need.

“To help people with volunteer work helps me feel better about myself,” said high school student Adrian Alferes. Alferes enjoys helping others, but that’s not the only reason he was there. Alferes and the other students are part of a nonprofit program called College Possible.

"College Possible works with kids who would qualify for free or reduced lunch or live at or below the poverty line. We invest 320 hours in the kids their junior and senior year in high school to help them be successful in gaining college access,” said Executive Director Laura Schabloske.

Students must apply to get into the program and once they do they are required to complete 16 hours minimum of community service. Many of those students clocked some of those hours on Saturday for the first annual day of service for the program.

Students like Thera Dum say this program has been a huge help. “I really feel like this is a good program and I needed all the help that I can get so I can be good in college, get better grades and get better for the ACT."

Papillion-La Vista High School students aren’t the only ones in the program. It’s also available in several Omaha high schools. Those students volunteered at several other places Saturday. For more information on College Possible, click on the link below.

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