Today is College Decision Day
Mychal Wynn (Northeastern ’79)
Today is College Decision Day for our cohort students who have so many college options. While some students will be attending school close to home, other students will be attending college across the country. Some students will be attending large research universities, while others will be attending small private liberal arts colleges. We invite you to join us for our High School Class of 2022 Senior Recognition Program on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:00 am. We are so proud of our graduating seniors who have demonstrated such grit and determination in the face of so many obstacles. Despite the challenges, students are experiencing amazing outcomes, with many students becoming the first in their family to attend college. As college acceptances and full scholarship offers have been received, families have been crying tears of joy and sharing so many beautiful photos on Facebook. We share in the joy of our families as their students draw closer to the end of high school and nearer to the beginning of the next phase of their lives.
While less than 2 percent of college students are attending college on full scholarship, we are ecstatic that over 40 percent of our graduating seniors will be attending college on a full scholarship! Our students will be attending college in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina. College choices include HBCUs, research universities, and liberal arts colleges. Several students were offered admission to the prestigious UMBC Meyerhoff Scholars Program and one of our students is an alternate for guaranteed admission to the Brody School of Medicine in North Carolina. Students have been selected as Capstone Scholars, Dowdy Scholars, Gold Scholars, Meyerhoff Scholars, Opportunity Scholars, Presidential Scholars, Trustees Scholars, and Ron Brown Captains. Students will be attending the Honors Programs at Claflin University, the University of South Florida, North Carolina A&T State University, and North Carolina Central University.
We encourage all participating students to join us on Saturday, May 14, 2022, (10:00 am) for our Senior Recognition Celebration and final cohort meeting of the 2021-22 school year:
Pre-registration is required.
Summer Boot Camps
Registration for our all-virtual summer college planning boot camps is now open. Students may attend our 4-day boot camps from anywhere in the country. Each day will begin with a presentation by Mr. Wynn, author, educator, and college planning expert. Mr. Wynn will share the “Hidden Rules” of college admission and share examples of students attending college on full scholarships and how they used their knowledge of the hidden rules to give themselves a competitive advantage. Students will move into breakout rooms with a high school or college intern where they will work on their daily activities and have the opportunity to ask questions and receive guidance. By the end of the boot camp students will leave with college-bound action plans to guide them throughout the 2022-23 school year.
Who should attend the boot camp?
- Middle school students interested in learning how to place themselves onto a full scholarship pathway as a result of the choices that they make in course taking; grades; test scores; extracurricular activities; leadership; and how they choose to develop their gifts and talents throughout their middle school through high school progression. Students will identify their gifts, talents, interests, and personality; and explore careers and college majors to which they are best suited.
- High school students interested in learning how to maximize their remaining high school years to position themselves for being offered admission to top colleges and competitive scholarships. Students will learn the answers to such questions as: Am I taking the right classes and earning the right grades for the type of colleges I want to attend? Am I building the type of résumé that will make me a competitive college and scholarship applicant? What type of things can I do between now and the end of my junior year of high school to become a stronger college and scholarship applicant?
- Rising high school seniors interested in developing the strongest possible college and scholarship applications MUST attend the boot camp if you are not already enrolled in one of our cohorts. Rising high school seniors must finalize their college and scholarship lists; identify their essay topics; finalize their résumé; and learn the “Hidden Rules” of college admissions so that students apply to the right colleges and choose the best admission cycles.
- Cohort students who did not complete their 2021-22 My Plan documents should attend the boot camp to ensure they have a plan for the getting back on track for the 2022-23 school year.
We are offering both morning and evening sessions for high school students. Space is limited. Click here to view dates, times, and to register…
Jocelyne L. (St. Petersburg High School)
Hello, I’m Jocelyne. I am from St. Petersburg, Florida, and I serve on the youth leadership board with Omar, a high school junior from Dallas, Georgia. Omar is the Social Media Manager for our program. He is an incredibly hard worker and is having an incredible college-bound journey. He joined the cohort program as a high school freshman after reading an article about Kimberly Hadaway, a College Planning Cohort alumni who graduated from his high school (Paulding County High School Academy of Science, Research, and Medicine). He thought that it was amazing that she had been offered 6 full scholarships to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. However, what caught his eye in the article was that Kimberly, like himself, was a student of color from a single-parent, lower income family. He believed that if a student like him could earn multiple full college scholarships, that he too, could seize the opportunity.
Kimberly’s story inspired him and her accomplishments motivated him to join the cohort and to commit himself to following all of the guidance offered by Mr. and Mrs. Wynn—after all, they were the experts who guided Kimberly. One of the first messages that resonated with him was that colleges are looking for more than just grades and test scores, so he committed himself to pursuing leadership opportunities and engaging in meaningful community service. He served as a College Planning Cohort intern and discussion group leader before applying for a position on the youth leadership board. He immediately had a community impact on the board through his mentorship of other first generation students and as a content creator for several video projects.
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Attention Cohort Students
Mychal Wynn (Northeastern ’79)
All 2021-22 online classrooms will close at midnight, Saturday, May 28, 2022. Please complete your My Plan documents and finalize your year-end assessments. We have so very much enjoyed working with all of students in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, and Indiana. You have worked so hard that we know that many of you are in a good place in your college planning. If you are a rising high school senior with plans of continuing in our program, there are many important actions for you to take throughout the summer in our June – August modules to ensure that you meet all of the fall college and scholarship deadlines. To continue in our online classroom, you must register for our senior cohort before May 28.Please note the following important dates:Sunday, May 29, 2022 (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm): We will host a FREE information session for rising high school seniors. We will provide an overview of what is covered in our high school senior curriculum, the one-on-one guidance offered, and the important actions that high school seniors should be taking throughout the summer months prior to the beginning of their senior year of high school. Click here to register…Monday, June 1, 2022 (7:00 am): Our online classroom opens for rising high school seniors. Monday, August 1, 2022 (7:00 am): Registration opens for joining our 2022-23 cohort.Thursday, September 1, 2022 (7:00 am): Our online classroom opens for students in grades 9 – 11.Would you like to earn leadership and community service? Volunteer to serve as a high school or college intern for one of our college planning boot camps. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer College Planning Support
Mychal Wynn (Northeastern ’79)
Each summer, we develop our summer programming based on the needs of our school district partners and inquiries received throughout the school year. This summer, we will be offering:
- One-on-one support for rising high school seniors in developing comprehensive senior-year college admissions strategies and assistance in selecting essay topics and finalizing college essays prior to the beginning of a stressful senior year.
- Essay writing workshops throughout the summer.
- One-on-one sessions for students in grades 8 – 11, who may unable to join a cohort, but who would like to ensure that they have a comprehensive college-bound plan.
- Writing assistance for students who want to become better writers.
Contact us and tell us what you need: email@example.com or call (678) 395-5825
We post important content regularly to our College Planning Cohort Facebook Page. Please ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ our page so that you stay up to date on the latest in college planning news.
Mark Your Calendar
Monthly Cohort Meeting: The second Saturday of each month.
May 14, 2022 (Saturday), 10:00 am – Noon: Senior Recognition and Final Cohort Meeting of the 2021-22 School Year (click here to register; Meeting ID: 884 7893 8939). The session is opened to anyone who would like to share in our celebration of seniors.
June 6 – 9 (Monday – Thursday), 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: Middle school boot camp. Daly sessions for students in grades 6 – 8.
June 6 – 9 (Monday – Thursday), 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm: High school boot camp. Evening sessions for students in grades 9 – 12.
June 13 – 16 (Monday – Thursday) 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm: High school boot camp. Students in grades 9 – 12 may choose between day or evening sessions.
To register, call (678) 395-5825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need Writing Support?
We will offer summer writing support for elementary school through high school students. For rising high school seniors, the sessions will provide guidance in selecting a Common Application topic; writing college essays and personal statements; and responding to writing prompts. During this time of holistic admissions, college essays are more important than ever. Email email@example.com for more information or to reserve your space.
Want to Join a Cohort?
ASA Guide Right Black Male Mentoring Program: Contact Doug Lucas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pinellas County Schools (FL): Contact Dr. Lewis Brinson, Minority Achievement Officer: email@example.com
Florence School District 3 (SC): Contact Ms. Kendra Wilson, High School Guidance Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to join our National Cohort? Click here to learn more…