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Pathway to College

Pathway to College

Written by Walter Lewis
November 22, 2017

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Developed by: Walter Lewis & Lisa Marie Benavides
Subjects:  College Readiness
Estimated Time:  8-week unit, 2 hours per week
Grade Level: 10-11
About This Lesson Plan:
This lesson plan was inspired by the Post-Secondary Readiness Badge-Enabled Playlists & Pathways project is from the Homewood Children’s Village with Homewood-Brushton YMCA, Higher Achievement, Operation Better Block, and Community College of Allegheny County. Playlists and badges will reinforce the path to post-secondary success by laying out a clear route through high school and towards college or other post-secondary placements.
A key component of this program the HCV Personal Opportunity Plan (POP). The POP is a tool that guides high school students towards high school and post-secondary success. It provides a year by year roadmap for students to understand the important milestones to reach at each stage of high school and the post-secondary planning process. Built around an individual students expressed dreams, the POP documents their journey and progress through SMART goals planning, academic and college-readiness checklists, and exploratory life skill activities. The 150 page booklet is designed for students to work alongside a student advocate. A digital application is currently being explored as an expansion for the POP’s effectiveness, for students, advocates, and parents to utilize.

About Homewood Children’s Village:
Homewood Children’s Village (HCV) is a collaborative comprehensive community initiative modeled after Geoffrey Canada’s internationally acclaimed Harlem Children’s Zone. The mission of the HCV is to improve the lives of Homewood’s Children and to reweave the fabric of the community in which they live.

Pro Tips:
Many high school students don’t have access to high-quality college and career counseling resources. This lesson plan offers a framework for mentors and educators to help high school students develop a structured approach to considering their future pathways. Consider using this lesson plan in any setting where such future-thinking conversations might develop, including afterschool mentoring programs or in-school advisory settings.