College Camp 2012
The Cowen Institute is pleased to offer its first annual College Camp, thanks to a generous grant from Coca-Cola. The camp is free for 100 scholars from the New Orleans area schools who participate in the Cowen Institute’s AdvanceNOLA program. Students will be divided into groups of 12-15 to work with one of nine mentors to learn more about college.
Cowen College Camp scholars will learn about their personalities and how they can set goals and manage their time to best accomodate their personalities and learning styles. They will learn how to research colleges and determine what college is the best fit—and match—for them. Students will complete the Common Application for college, complete with an essay they work on with the English Department at Tulane. Students will also learn testing strategies for the dreaded ACT test. Once the pre-college requirements are met, students will learn the steps they need to take in the spring of their senior year of high school. This includes filling out the FAFSA, applying for scholarships, and finding summer jobs. Finally, students will talk to college students and librarians and learn what to expect in college, and how to do research for their college classes.
Students will also spend a morning volunteering alongside Coca-Cola employees at the Grow Dat Youth Farm. During this time, they will give back to their community and have the opportunity to network with local business leaders.
While at camp, students will live in a Tulane dorm, eat in a dining hall, and use the Reily Athletic Center as they wish. All workshops will be held in Tulane classrooms, and students will have access to Tulane computer labs and the library. This will provide students with a taste of college life, so they can begin to get excited for their next step in life.
Throughout the program, students will work on a project designed to increase the college-going culture in their schools. They will outline ideas of things they can do to ensure their peers go to college. They will also learn how to share the knowledge they develop at Camp with their peers so that more children in New Orleans will begin thinking about college as a real option after high school.