Educators and students from Delta High School played a key role at the annual CFES (College For Every Student) National Conference in Albany, N.Y. earlier this month. The two-day event brought together 420 educators, students, community and corporate leaders from 27 states, representing 150 schools and 35 colleges.
The focus of the conference, titled "Tools for Tomorrow's Leaders: Leadership, Mentoring & College Pathways," was to provide resources and opportunities for low-income students to prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.
CFES Scholar Haley Donathan from Delta High School spoke from a student's perspective on the panel, "Multiple Shades of Mentoring." Since her involvement with CFES, Donathan has risen as a leader among her peers. She spoke to a room full of educators about the development and implementation of her peer mentoring program that pairs high school and elementary students. As the only high school student speaker, Donathan spoke alongside educators from Connecticut, New York, Maryland and Ohio.
Featured speakers at the conference included Steve Pemberton, chief diversity officer and vice president for Walgreens, and Lt. Col. (Ret.) Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, founder of Educational Achievement Services. Both speakers addressed participants with their message of not letting childhood circumstances limit future possibilities. "Programs like CFES open the door to opportunity," said Pemberton in his speech. "Allow yourself to walk through that door."
In his introduction of Kickbusch, Delta High School student Zach Francis reflected on the impact CFES has had on his college-going plans. "I now spend time on my school work. I'm more involved in my community," stated a nervous Francis. "And I'm on my way to becoming the first in my family to attend college!" Francis, who "last year was not on the path to success," said his teacher, received a standing ovation from conference participants.
In his opening remarks, CFES president and CEO Rick Dalton recognized the Colorado K-16 educators and students who collaboratively are giving students the resources and confidence they need to be successful in college.
CFES is a non-profit organization based in Essex, N.Y., that helps underserved students prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college. Currently, CFES works with 200 schools in 24 states to help its 20,000 students move toward college success. Over the last six years, 96 percent of CFES high school seniors have gone on to college. (www.collegefes.org)blog comments powered by Disqus