Building Capacity to Collectively Prepare Students for College and Careers


Closing Plenary

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Youth Voices: Presentations by Pre-College Program Alumni

Pre-college program alumni will share how program participation helped them envision positive, possible futures for themselves and made a marked difference in their lives. Alumni from a variety of pre-college programs from across the state will be featured, including a STEM program, a community-based program for urban minority youth, and a life-skills and youth development program.

Charletta Hill, from Detroit
Charletta attended two pre-college programs: Career and Adventure Explorations, a summer youth program at Michigan Technological University, and MST @ MSU, a math, science and technology summer program. Charletta is now an MSU sophomore majoring in social work.

Jacob Emmendorfer, from Chesaning, Saginaw County
Jacob attended the Multicultural Apprenticeship Program at Michigan State University, a residential six-week summer program for disadvantaged students who have strong interest and aptitude in science, math, and other academic areas. Jake is now a sophomore at MSU in the Lyman Briggs residential college. His specific program of study is environmental science and management.

Antonyo Tigues, from Kalamazoo
Antonyo attended two pre-college programs: Upward Bound, which targets first-generation college or low income students, at Western Michigan University, and Kalamazoo Jeter's Leaders Program, a program that promotes healthy lifestyles for today's youth. Antonyo is an MSU freshman Hospitality Management major.

Amanda Freis, from Daggett, Menominee County, Central Upper Peninsula
Amanda attended 4-H Exploration Days at Michigan State University, an MSU Extension youth development program that builds life skills and develops career interests and college-readiness. She is an MSU senior majoring in social work and currently interning at Charter House, a psycho-social rehabilitation clubhouse in Lansing.