• Roaring Fork PreCollegiate

    Mentoring The First Generation

About Us

The mission of Roaring Fork PreCollegiate is to identify promising first-generation students and motivate them to pursue higher education. Through personal mentoring we provide access to information and resources and equip students with relevant life skills to enable them to successfully complete high school and transition into the post-secondary program of their choice.

The goal is to “level the playing field” for motivated students, establish the expectation of pursuing post a secondary education, and remove barriers that commonly impact first-generation students and their families by helping them navigate the complicated and cumbersome process of getting through high school and college. PreCollegiate accomplishes this through intensive adult mentoring of students, residential college summer programs, professional college counseling, and comprehensive parent education. The program currently serves over 300 students from 7th through 12th grade throughout the Re-1 School District (Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt) thanks to the efforts of over 40 adult volunteer mentors and the professional staff of the program, which consists of an Executive Director, Assistant Director, Program Coordinator, and Post-Secondary Program Coordinator. 

La misión de Roaring Fork PreCollegiate es identificar a estudiantes con promesa que son de primera generación y motivarlos a seguir una educación superior. A través de la tutoría personal, proporcionamos acceso a información y recursos y equipamos a los estudiantes con habilidades relevantes para la vida para que puedan completar con éxito la preparatoria y la transición al programa o universidad o escuela post-secundaria de su elección.

El objetivo es “nivelar el campo de juego” para los estudiantes motivados, establecer la expectativa de seguir una educación secundaria y eliminar las barreras que comúnmente afectan a los estudiantes de primera generación y sus familias, ayudándoles a navegar el complicado y engorroso proceso de terminar con éxito la escuela preparatoria y la universidad. PreCollegiate logra esto a través de la tutoría intensiva para los estudiantes, programas residenciales de verano universitarios, asesoramiento profesional universitario y educación integral para padres. El programa actualmente atiende a más de 300 estudiantes de 7º a 12º año en todo el Distrito Escolar Re-1 (Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt) gracias a los esfuerzos de más de 40 mentores voluntarios y al personal profesional del programa, que consiste en un Director Ejecutivo, Subdirectora, Coordinadora del programa y Coordinadora del programa post-secundario.

“Bill is not only my mentor, but my best friend. I can always count on him for advice and support…he has encouraged me to set goals for myself…now I know I want to become someone important in this life.”

~Giovanny Anaya, PreCollegiate alum, B.S., M.S., Accountancy University of Denver; Corporate Accounting Manager, DCT Industrial.

 

Outcomes:

Since 2007:

100% of the seniors who have participated in the program have graduated from high school, roughly double the statewide average.

80% of PreCollegiate students who attend four-year schools have graduated from college, over three times the nationwide completion rate for all first-generation students.

PreCollegiate students also finish two-year schools at almost twice the rate of all students nationwide.

This demonstrated success makes Roaring Fork PreCollegiate one of the most exciting youth support programs in the state of Colorado. So much so that in 2014 the President of the University of Colorado gave PreCollegiate a three-year gift to analyze ways to grow and enhance the program to serve more students.  

Program Components:

The Program is designed to provide both experiential and practical support to students. To accomplish this, the Program pairs small groups of students with volunteer mentors starting in 7th grade. The mentors then stay with the students until they graduate, creating continuity and focus from middle through high school. Mentors act as role models and life coaches for students, offering advice and supporting the student’s dreams and achievements. 

All students attend summer residential college camps offered by CMC and CU Boulder at nominal cost to the students. These intensive multi-week academic summer programs give students the opportunity to see themselves succeed in a college environment, which is invaluable in building their self-esteem and removing some of the psychological barriers to leaving home and attending college.  

The program has also recently implemented a comprehensive parent curriculum to help guide parents on their path to college with their students. Parents have different needs and concerns, and many student’s post-secondary success depends directly on family support and encouragement. PreCollegiate wants to ensure that all parents are equipped with the information needed to help make informed decisions with and for their children.

The program staff provide comprehensive individual college counseling to their students. PreCollegiate is a member of the National and Rocky Mountain Associations of College Admissions Counselors, and staff is constantly researching best practices and expanding their base of knowledge to help students find the perfect fit for their post-secondary needs.  

El programa está diseñado para proporcionar apoyo tanto práctico como experimental a los estudiantes. Para lograr esto, el programa combina pequeños grupos de estudiantes con mentores voluntarios a partir del 7º grado. Los mentores se quedan con los estudiantes hasta que se gradúen, creando continuidad y enfoque desde la secundaria hasta la preparatoria. Los mentores actúan como modelos a seguir y entrenadores de vida para los estudiantes, ofreciendo consejos y apoyando los sueños y logros de los estudiantes.

Todos los estudiantes asisten a campamentos universitarios residenciales de verano ofrecidos por CMC y CU Boulder a un costo nominal para los estudiantes. Estos intensivos programas académicos de verano de varias semanas brindan a los estudiantes la oportunidad de verse exitosos en un ambiente universitario, lo cual es invaluable para desarrollar su autoestima y eliminar algunas de las barreras psicológicas para salir de casa y asistir a la universidad.

El programa también ofrece un plan de estudios integral a través de reuniones anuales para padres para ayudar a guiar a los padres en su camino a la universidad junto con sus estudiantes. Los padres tienen diferentes necesidades y preocupaciones, y el éxito universitario de muchos estudiantes depende directamente del apoyo y el estímulo de la familia. PreCollegiate quiere asegurarse de que todos los padres estén equipados con la información necesaria para ayudar a tomar decisiones informadas con y para sus hijos.

El personal del programa brinda asesoramiento integral universitario individual a sus estudiantes. PreCollegiate es miembro de las Asociaciones de Consejeros de Admisiones Universitarias de las Asociaciones Nacional y de las Montañas Rocosas, y el personal investiga constantemente las mejores prácticas y amplía su base de conocimientos para ayudar a los estudiantes a encontrar la solución perfecta para sus necesidades universitarias.