One hundred and fifty middle school students from deserving communities in LA were given the chance to experience college this week through After-School All-Stars Los Angeles, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s charity aiding inner-city youths. These lucky 150 are spending the week on the University of California, Santa Barbara campus through the charity’s third annual “CampUs” initiative, a weeklong camp focused on encouraging children to apply themselves and further their education after high school.
During CampUs (July 30-August 3), the students will participate in exercises aimed at promoting and preparing them for a future in college. They will receive information regarding making college possible through scholarships, learn how the university application process works, participate in career panels and be exposed to a college atmosphere. Through these efforts, After-School All-Stars hopes that these children will find a passion for learning and furthering their lives and careers with a college degree, and, in doing so, counter the dropout statistics of today’s youths.
After-School All-Stars helps to bring enrichment programs to schoolchildren of all ages. These programs are aimed at issues currently plaguing today’s youth, such as reducing drug use, crime and violence, and increasing safety in after-school hours.
For more information on the efforts of After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, please visit the website here.
-Taylor Micaela Davis