Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Advanced Research in Teaching and Education
The Take on College Summer Fellowship Program: Impacts of College Mentorship on First-Generation and Low-Income High School Students
Hong Ta , Sara Young , Enoch Chung, Bill Young , Lisa Young , Dave Young
Current research on the impacts of mentorship is limited to either first-generation or low-income students if either of those identities is addressed at all. This project extends this analysis to include both identities. Using the Summer Fellowship Program organized by nonprofit Take on College, this paper delves into the profound impacts mentorship and a curated workshop curriculum can have on college and career readiness on 18 junior and senior high school students from 10 different states, all of which are first-generation and low-income. This research finds that best growth results occur on topics such as writing the personal statement, as well as financial aid. In addition, the results imply workshops with a higher level of interactivity are more successful at improving students’ understanding of the material. Using the data found, I will also provide recommendations for future organizers on which topics can be most beneficial for first-generation and low-income students.
keywords: mentorship, underserved learning, first-generation, low-income, college access.