Much of my last few months of service has been focused on the Lenawee College Access Network and their transition conferences. These conferences are for 8th graders that will be starting high school in the fall. The goal is to get them familiar with what high school will be like and teach them good habits to develop so that they can start preparing for their future now. We tell them about the Lenawee YOUTH Council (LYC)/LCAN college visits they can go on and how to get involved in volunteering to make their college and scholarship applications stand out more. We also had a panel of high schoolers come in and answer questions that any of the 8th graders might have about high school. It was nice for them to be able to ask people who were in their shoes not too long ago. For the Lenawee YOUTH Council, I have been planning college visits. For the month of July, we are going to visit U of M and Saginaw Valley State University. We had a lot of interest from kids outside of the youth council so that is very exciting. The LYC also started and finished their grants process. They had $20,000 of grant funding to give to program. It took three meetings for them to decide, but ultimately they figured out what programs they wanted to fund. This year has flown by and I can’t believe there is only a little more than a month left of my service. I will miss my site and being a VISTA.
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