Teach For America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware Host Inaugural College Street Fair

Fair Celebrated College-Going Wilmington Students, Connected Families and Students to Resources to Aid in Getting to, and Succeeding in College

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Wilmington, May 1, 2015Contact: Cedric Steenberghs
302-656-5616

cedric.steenberghs@teachforamerica.org

Teach For America–Delaware and Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware hosted Wilmington’s first ever College Street Fair on Friday, May 1.  The celebration of college--bound students was held at the Clarence Fraim Boys and Girls Club, and featured performances by student organizations from the University of Delaware and Delaware State University. Students visited several tables to connect with college access organizations in Delaware and learn more about college access topics like SATs, ACTs, and the FAFSA, as well as gather information on classes, sports, and clubs.

The fair was coordinated by Andrea Flores, a Teach For America corps member and first grade teacher at La Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School. Flores was inspired by the state’s Getting to Zero campaign and drew on her own experiences as a low-income student, with limited resources and opportunities to gain access to college.

“I was a low-income student who, unlike my higher-income peers, didn’t ever feel like college was possible for me,” Flores said. “My parents were Mexican immigrants; they couldn’t give me the information I needed to apply for college.” Flores credits a teacher who, during her junior year, noticed she hadn’t made any plans for higher education. “He helped me apply to colleges and universities that I never thought of.”

The Street Fair was made largely possible by the Boys and Girls Club’s sponsorship, and by the work of Teach For America’s FirstGEN Network, a cohort of first-generation college students who mentor high school students as they apply for college. During the fair, Wilmington students were recognized for successfully graduating high school. They also had the opportunity to sign up for online messages to remind them of important deadlines, like enrolling in classes and getting school IDs made.

About Teach For America
Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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