About the Conference

The 9th annual Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference will be held November 14-15, 2016 at Michigan State University. The conference site rotates among universities across the state. Representatives from many colleges and universities, as well as other partners, contribute to the planning as members of the Conference Steering Committee.

Postsecondary institutions fill a valuable role in communities by educating college students, but they also serve communities by offering programming for youth. The Michigan Pre-College and Youth Outreach Conference will celebrate and cast a spotlight on this important function within Michigan's postsecondary institutions.

The theme of the 2016 conference is Building Pathways. Providing Access. Ensuring Success. The conference will provide practitioners who offer programs for pre-college aged students a chance to gather, share information, and learn more about the role of postsecondary institutions in preparing Michigan's youth for the future. Others with a vested interest in providing students with college access and helping them succeed once enrolled are welcome to attend.

The following are some conference presentation topics:

  • Khan Academy resources and SAT prep
  • Pre-college data on college access, and its effect on college engagement
  • Youth mental health
  • Volunteer training for pre-college programs
  • Grant writing for pre-college programs
  • Career to tech pipeline and resources
  • Advice from college admissions — what your pre-college students should look out for
  • Removing barriers to make your program more inclusive
  • Transitioning to college
  • Youth substance abuse
  • Establishing effective mentoring relationships with under-served youth