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LIU Brooklyn Partners with Local High Schools to Encourage Students to Attend College

Program held at LIU Brooklyn for local rising 9th graders promotes the benefits of higher education

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Students in classroom Brooklyn, NY (July 30, 2014) - LIU Brooklyn has partnered with four local high schools for the Bridge to High School Program, a summer initiative for 360 rising ninth graders. The program aims to both instill confidence in promising students and encourage them to plan to attend college in 2018. The program began on July 7 and runs through July 31.

Participants attend sessions on the LIU Brooklyn campus Mondays through Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and focus on core curriculum subjects, such as English and math. They also participate in family workshops, including financial literacy presentations and tips on applying to college.

“LIU Brooklyn has a long and successful history of partnering with local middle and high schools to extend pre-college programs to students and create a framework for strengthening academic preparedness,” said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “Collaborative partnerships are essential for higher education to meet the national college completion goals of 2020.”

“The first year of high school is a critical period in the educational development of adolescents,” said co-organizer Lester W. Young, Ed.D., regent at large, Board of Regents at the University of the State of New York. “The Bridge to High School Program is designed to build new ninth graders’ sense of personal confidence as well as provide them with rigorous and highly engaging instruction. Special attention will be placed on academic and personal behaviors that are essential in promoting a college-going and career-ready mindset.”

In addition, LIU Brooklyn students will begin tutoring local high schools students this fall on campus and at their high schools. The Charles Hayden Foundation, which promotes the emotional and physical development of children in the New York and Boston metro areas, is also a supporter of the program.

Posted 07/30/2014

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