STRIVE off to a Successful Start

The STRIVE Committee started its 20th year of working with the seniors at the Pathways to Success Academic Campus by introducing the program to the Pathways seniors at their all-school assembly on November 2, 2018.  Dave Keren, Lauren Heinonen, and Leo Shedden presented highlights of the program to the students at this assembly. Students were enthusiastic to hear about the great opportunities provided by our STRIVE program.

The goal of STRIVE is to encourage seniors to pursue higher education by providing scholarships to Washtenaw Community College. Each student who is interested in taking advantage of the STRIVE program works with a mentor during their senior year. For the best fit, students and mentors meet in small groups of 2 or 3 for about 10-15 minutes at two meetings. The first of such meeting was held on November 9, 2018.

Pathways Seniors and Rotary mentors meet at an introductory pizza lunch in November.
Seniors and Mentors getting to know each other.

The second meeting will be held on December 14, 2018. Subsequent to the December 14 meeting, each student will be paired with a mentor so that the student and their mentor can work one-on-one starting in January 2019 until students graduate in June 2019. Additionally, monthly meetings with the entire group are planned from January through May 2019. There will be a guest speaker at these monthly meetings. Students who successfully complete the program and meet the requirements will receive scholarships to attend WCC.

The STRIVE Committee members started meeting in September 2018 and will be meeting monthly until June 2019. The focus of September and October 2018 meetings was planning and any changes to the program for the current year. The past summer, Dave Keren, STRIVE Chairperson, also met with the Dexter Rotary Club STRIVE Chairperson to find out details of their program. The purpose of this meeting was to identify any changes to improve our STRIVE program and its outcomes.