KGO radio recently reported on a new partnership between Saint Mary's Center for First Generation to College Studies and the Oakland Middle School Saint Martin de Porres. "Setting The Foundation" is a novel three year initiative by the Center and is aimed at motivating elementary pupils to attend college.
65 students from Saint Martin's visited SMC on March 10 to get a taste of College life. Most of the visiting students were from homes where no one has attended college and the SMC students providing outreach to them are themselves first generation college students.
The hope is that Saint Martin's students will connect with Saint Mary's "first gen" college students and by helping the middle schoolers gain a better understanding of what they need to do in order to get ready for college, the initiative will lay the groundwork for the younger ones to begin their academic readiness for college.