Much like nervous college freshmen, our students arrived on campus on July 10th wondering what they were in for. They met their roommates and soon they were engaged with kids from across the country -- and world -- in fun and engaging classes, as well as a jam-packed "after hours" schedule featuring some of the District's best attractions: a monuments-at-night tour; a visit to the Newseum to explore five centuries of news history; an evening cruise along the Potomac River; and a National's baseball game.
Both of our students would be the first in their families to attend college. Thanks to this opportunity, they've replaced a sense of uncertainty about what college is like with a desire to work ever harder to make it possible. Street Sense recently ran an article about our role in connecting homeless students to this opportunity: "Lighting the Way to College for Homeless Youth." Special thanks to Angela Pinaglia, Associate Director, Discover the World of Communication at AU; Nicole Lee-Mwandha, OSSE's Homeless Education State Coordinator; Tasheen Stallings, OSSE's Program Specialist for the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program; and Board member Ann Brogioli, for bringing us together. We look forward to continuing this rewarding partnership with OSSE and American University in the future.