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College Positive Volunteer Training

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Transcript of College Positive Volunteer Training

Helping K-12 Youth Take Steps Toward
Postsecondary Education

College Positive Volunteerism
Part 1: What is CPV and College Access?
Part 2: Being a College Positive Volunteer
Part 3: Paying for College
Goals of the CPV Training
Understand what it means to be an ambassador of higher education as you serve in your community
Be comfortable having conversations with youth about post-secondary options after high school
Understand that you are RESOURCES not EXPERTS
Be comfortable using the CPV Toolkit and Website
Part 1:
What is College Positive Volunteerism
and College Access?

What is a College Positive Volunteer?
A College Positive Volunteer is a college student or individual who is aware of how they impact the college readiness and enthusiasm of the youth they interact with as they volunteer in local communities.
CPV Mindset
College is attainable for everyone. I am willing to do whatever I can to help K-12 youth prepare for and enroll in college.
The CPV Motto
Not: Are you going to college?

But: Where are you going to college, and how can I help you get there?
Activity 1: College Road Map
Fill out Activity 1 in Activity Packet:
Think about how you got to college, and how your supports had an influence on your decision to attend post-secondary education.
Do you believe that you would have attended the college you did, without the experiences and supports you discussed above?
How can you use your experiences to encourage others to attend college?
How will you relate to K-12 students who have experienced different roadmaps?
What is College Access?
Encouraging and helping K-12 youth consider, plan for, and attend post-secondary institutions after high school
Efforts are often aimed at underrepresented students, especially low-income and first-generation students. However, the goal is access for all.
CPV is one of many college access programs in Michigan.
CPV's Definition of College
The term 'college' refers to:
Colleges and universities (4 years)
Community and junior colleges (2 years)
Vocational, technical, and business schools (certificate programs with various completion times)
Military education
Michigan's Need
36% of Michigan's working adults (ages 25-64 years) hold at least a two-year degree, according to 2008 Census data. This compares to the national average of 38% (Lumina Foundation, 2010).

62% of Michigan's jobs will require post-secondary education by 2018 (Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2010).
Addressing the Barriers to College
Social Capital
College is not attainable
Lack of family support
First in their family
Academic Preparation
Study Habits
School Attendance
College Knowledge
Visiting Colleges
Choosing Majors
Benefits of a College Education
Individuals with a college degree are more likely to:
Have a higher income
Over a lifetime, the average individual with a four-year degree will earn $1.6 million more than a high school graduate
Have greater workforce mobility
Be employed
Have better health and a longer life expectancy
Raise children that will attend college
Be more productive and innovative in the workplace
Be civically engaged (vote, advocate, fundraise)
Engage in community service and charitable giving
Compared to those without post-secondary education
Who Benefits from College Access Programs?

The State of Michigan
Your Institution
K-12 Youth
Need for College Access Programs
% of adults with Associates Degrees or higher by age group; leading OECD countries and the U.S. (2006)
The 10 Benefits of being a CPV
You will be able to impact the life of a K-12 youth.

You may be able to be part of a group of students with similar interests.

You will be able to help others, by "paying it forward."

You will have a new experience.

You will be able to address the needs in your community.

You will be fighting poverty by promoting education.

You will develop and/or strengthen new skills while volunteering.

You will develop confidence in your interactions with K-12 youth.

You may be able to get course credit, if volunteering is a course requirement.

You will be able to add something valuable to your resume and/or graduate school applications.
What is College Access and College Positive Volunteerism?

What is the toolkit definition of college access?
A. Helping college students get access to services
B. Helping community members gain access to college services
C. Helping K-12 students consider, plan for, and attend post-secondary institutions after high school
D. None of the above
What is the CPV Motto?
A. Are you going to college?
B. Are you thinking about college?
C. Where are you going to college, and how can I help you get there?
D. Are all students college bound?
What is the CPV Mindset?
A. College is for some students
B. College is for students who can afford it
C. College is an excellent goal
D. College is attainable for all students
What is a benefit of being a CPV?
A. You will have a great experience with youth
B. You will be impacting your community
C. Doing so will look good on your resume and/or graduate school applications
D. All of the above
Who benefits from college access programs?
A. Your institution
B. The state of Michigan
C. K-12 Youth
D. Everyone
Which institutions are included in the college access definition of college?
A. Four-year institutions
B. Four-year, two-year, vocational, technical, and business
C. Two-year and four-year
D. Four-year, technical and business
What is a benefit of a college education?
A. College graduates have increased personal and professional mobility
B. College graduates make more money
C. College graduates have improved health and a longer life expectancy
D. All of the above
Colleg Positive Volunteers work with...
A. Students in grades K-12
B. Students who are in elementary school only
C. Students in high school only
D. Students in middle school only
Who is a "first-generation" student?
A. The first person in his/her generation to go to college
B. The first person in his/her family to attend college
C. The first person in his/her neighborhood to attend college
D. None of the above
A college access program/initiative...
A. Focuses on job skills for college students
B. Solely works towards changing college entrance requirements
C. Includes college students encouraging K-12 youth to attend college
D. Helps K-12 youth become more civic-minded
Part 2:
Being a College Positive Volunteer

CPVs are college resources
NOT experts!

The CPV Toolkit
Before you volunteer
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Ways to pay for college
Additional resources
Glossary of terms
What to do before you volunteer...
Wear your college gear!
Get into the right mindset...
Be prepared
Be culturally sensitive
Be introspective
Be supportive
Be flexible
Be nonjudgmental
Be innovative
Be consistent
Be professional
Be a good role model
Exercise caution
Aim high
Have realistic expectations
Follow up
CPV Activities by Student Group
Activities for:
Elementary Students-
Section 2
Middle School Students-
Section 3
High School Students-
Section 4

Suggested activities can be modified, for example: use a middle school activity for elementary youth if it is appropriate based on the situation
CPV Activities by Length of Service
Event based activity
: a limited time interaction, like a one-day event, a week-long camp, etc. Ex: Role Models, page 9
Short term activity
: longer than an event, like a 12-15 week semester or several months. Ex: Guest Speaker, page 10
Extended term activity
: a longer term commitment, like six months, a year, or longer. Ex: Awards event, page 11
Paying for College-
Section 5
Family/personal savings
College work study programs
Working and paying as you go
Federal and State financial aid
State and federal loans
Private loans
Additional Resources- Section 6
Campus Visit Checklist- page 39
Online scavenger hunt: Colleges in Michigan- page 41
K-12 Self Inventory- page 44
Overview of Internet Resources- page 50
The CPV Website

The CPV Toolkit, One Page Resources, Helpful Websites, and More!
Michigan College Access Portal

Scholarship and College searches, choosing a career path, loan cost calculator, Michigan Electronic Library, Test prep, resume building
Part 2 Activity:
Creating an Activity Calendar
Refer to Activity Sheet
Become familiar with the Toolkit section that would be most applicable to your volunteering (
Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Record two activities you would use when volunteering with youth as well as create your own college positive activity
Part 2 Activity:
Developing a plan of action
Refer to Activity Sheet
You will be given a scenario
Work on your own or in small groups
Shale with the whole group what you would do in each situation
Being a College Positive Volunteer

When volunteering, college students should:
A. Not expect much from the K-12 youth
B. Have high expectations for the K-12 youth
C. Have high but realistic expectations for the K-12 youth
D. None of the above
If you are being a nonjudgmental CPV, you will...
A. Ignore what the K-12 youth have to say
B. Tell the K-12 youth not to follow in their parents' footsteps
C. Watch what you say when interacting with the K-12 youth
D. Try to act like you know everything
A college student volunteer at a three-day, K-12 activity...
A. Cannot be a CPV
B. Can be an event-based CPV
C. Can be a short-term CPV
D. Can't make a difference in the college goals of K-12 youth
One simple thing all CPVs can do to promote college is...
A. Wear their college gear when working with K-12 youth
B. Take the K-12 youth to a theatrical performance at their college or university
C. Commit to a full year of volunteering with a K-12 youth
D. Fill out college applications with high school students
If you are a short-term CPV, you are working with K-12 youth...
A. For a semester
B. For one month
C. For two months
D. All of the above
The Toolkit provides...
A. College Positive Activities for youth of all ages
B. Helpful websites and resources
C. College Campus Visit Checklist
D. All of the above
College Positive Volunteers...
A. Know everything
B. Are college access experts
C. Are college access resources
D. None of the above
A CPV working with K-6 youth would probably not...
A. Read books with the youth about various professions
B. Review a college application with the students
C. Help the students create a college-related bulletin board
D. Have students cut out pictures of people in different occupations
A CPV working with high school students should...
A. Encourage the students to prepare for the ACT/SAT
B. Tell students that they should always play a sport
C. Tell students that they should always go to a four-year college
D. None of the above
The activities for elementary students...
A. Cannot be used while working with middle school students
B. Should not be modified
C. Are the only activities you should use
D. None of the above
Part 3:
Paying for College

The CPV's Job
Educate the K-12 youth on the possible ways to fund a college education

To direct the youth and their family to resources they can use to consider the options
College Funding Options-
Section 5

Family/Personal Savings
Working and Paying as you go
Federal and State financial aid
College work study programs
State and federal loans
Private loans
Family/Personal Savings
Not always an option
Savings plans
Michigan Education Savings Plan- tax free growth
Prepaid tuition plans
Allow the purchase of college credits at current tuition rates
Michigan Education Trust (MET)
Scholarships are a great source of funding
Usually involve students having to maintain certain requirements such as a GPA, etc.
Finding and applying for them can be overwhelming- therefore students should start early and search often
The internet is a good, free source for scholarship information
All scholarships should have free applications
Scholarship Options
Scholastic Achievement
Religious Affiliation
The field/major a student intends to pursue
Disabilities or handicaps students may have
Special talents
Economic need
Utilize the
Michigan College Access Portal's "Scholarship Search"
function to search for available scholarships
Usually given by colleges, non-profit organizations, or government agencies
Often given to individuals based on:
Financial needs
Meeting a certain criteria (i.e. certain elasticities or race)
A commitment to study a particular field (i.e. nursing)
Filing the FAFSA is necessary to obtain government grants, however the internet is a free way to search for other available grants
Working and Paying as You Go
Students take a limited number of classes per term (about two), possibly live at home to keep expenses minimal, and pay the tuition for their college classes out of their earnings.

It does take a longer amount of time, however, students graduate DEBT FREE!
page 36
"Free Application for Federal Student Aid"
Needed for State and Federal...
Work Study
Applicable for students planning to attend four-year colleges, two-year colleges, and other career-focused training institutions
Can be completed online or on paper, as early as January 1st by students and their parents in their senior years

The FAFSA should be completed by the dates posetd on the college's website, Michigan's deadline is March 1st
Filing the FAFSA
To file the FAFSA, the following documents are required:
Social Security Card
Driver's License (if any)
W-2 forms and other records of money earned
Income tax return
Records of child support paid
Current bank statements
Sources of information about the FAFSA and Financial Aid:
High school guidance counselors
College financial aid offices
The Federal Student Aid website
College Goal Sunday
State and Federal Grants
Michigan Grants,
Children of Veterans Tuition Grant
Michigan Tuition Grant
Police Officer's and Firefighter's Survivors Tuition Program
Tuition Incentive Program
Federal Grants,
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant)
Iraq or Afghanistan Service Grant
Institutional Grants
Federal Work Study Programs
College Work Study programs are paying jobs offered to certain students based on their financial needs as part of federal, state, or college-based financial aid.

Students usually work on campus or locally for at least the current minimum wage and the federal government funds up to 100% of the student's paycheck.

The amount of aid given is based on the student's pay rate and the number of hours they work.
State and Federal Loans
Loans must be repaid. Pursue this payment option after applying for grants, scholarships, and before private loans.

They offer lower interest rates and the variety of repayment options compared to private loans.

Offered directly to students or their parents/guardians

Subsidized means the government pays the interest while the student is in school.
Unsubsidized means the student is responsible for the interest.

Private Loans
Filing the FAFSA is not necessary for these loans.
Private loans should be the last option after applying for all other forms of aid!
Provided by private lenders, such as banks, credit unions, and other institutions such as www.salliemae.com
The least cost-effective way to finance a college education; however, some institutions make loans easy to obtain
Activity 3: Paying for College
Refer to Activity Packet
You will be given a funding option to complete this activity:
Work and pay as you go
Federal and State aid
Work Study
Private Loans
Paying for College

Because a four-year education can be expensive, low-income students...
A. Should only attend two-year institutions
B. Should forget about attending college altogether
C. Should explore multiple payment options, including federal student aid
D. Should choose to go to the cheapest four-year institution
Scholarships found on the internet...
A. Are a waste of time
B. Are only based on academic achievement
C. Can only be conducted by high school seniors
D. Should always be free, if not, they're a scam!
Ways to pay for college include:
A. Federal Aid
B. Grants
C. Private/bank loans
D. All of the above
Federal Financial Aid begins with the completion of the...
Students and/or parents should _______ pay to complete the application for federal aid.
A. Sometimes
B. Always
C. Never
D. None of the above
Scholarships are...
A. Offered by a wide range of institutions
B. Offered to students who excel in athletics
C. Offered to students who intend to pursue specific fields
D. All of the above
Private/bank loans are...
A. Sometimes easy to obtain
B. Not cost effective
C. Are based on a family's credit rating
D. All of the above
CPVs are supposed to...
A. Help K-12 youth pay for college
B. Be aware of the possible ways K-12 youth can pay for college
C. Help K-12 youth fill out their financial aid forms
D. Know everything about paying for college
K-12 youth and their families can complete the federal student aid form...
A. Online
B. Via paper
C. Neither A or B
D. Both A and B
The application for federal student aid should be completed...
A. By January 1st
B. By February 1st
C. By March 1st
D. It depends, students should check with their institutions and the federal student aid website
You are now a certified College Positive Volunteer!
You will be sent a certificate of completion.

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