College Careers' "Speak Out" Preps Students for College Success

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College Careers, a White Plains-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Westchester's underserved students pursue higher education, recently hosted its 40th annual "Speak Out." The event was designed to educate students about college life. Students shared stories about their accomplishments and struggles, reflecting on how they manage time, study, and meet professors' expectations. The "Speak Out" was held in the White Plains Library auditorium on December 27th.

College Careers, a White Plains-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping Westchester's underserved students pursue higher education, recently hosted its 40th annual "Speak Out." The event was designed to educate students about college life. Students shared stories about their accomplishments and struggles, reflecting on how they manage time, study, and meet professors' expectations. The "Speak Out" was held in the White Plains Library auditorium on December 27th.

Attended by approximately 35 college students, the "Speak Out" featured a panel of five college students who offered insight on their particular school. Stanley Ferrell, College Careers' project coordinator and moderator of the event, also encouraged audience members to share some of their own unique experiences. Mazel Muhammad, program director of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health, and Gaye Abrams, behavior management specialist and member of College Careers' founding class, offered the students advice and stressed how vital a college education is in today's workplace.

The College Careers College Program serves more than 260, primarily African-American and Hispanic, high school students each year. College Careers' one-on-one counseling, college admissions preparation, financial assistance, and mentoring programs prepare students to attend colleges and universities throughout the country. Over the past forty years, the organization has made college a reality for more than 2,500 students while providing ongoing support from high school through college matriculation. This year marks College Careers' 40th anniversary.

College Careers is located at 190 East Post Rd., P.O. Box 1530, White Plains, NY 10602. For further information, please call 914.428.3435 or e-mail ccareers @ aol.com.

About The College Careers Fund of Westchester:
College Careers is a private, not-for-profit corporation that provides educational opportunities to underserved youth. Established in 1967 to help adolescents overcome poverty by making higher education a reality, the corporation has provided support and financial assistance to more than 19,000 students. Each year, College Careers sends an average of 260 students to over 80 colleges and technical schools throughout the country and provides life-changing services to approximately 1,200 youth.

College Careers' distinctive combination of personalized counseling, workshops and financial assistance empowers young people to take positive steps to improve their lives. In addition, they provide high-school outreach, The College Careers College Program, The Success Club, The Life Skills Program, and The Step Forward Program, a GED tutoring and preparation course.

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Beth Weiss/Kelly Lee
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914-666-0066
beth @ cocommunications.com

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