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Talk to kids about future college and career possibilities

Berkeley, California (Monday, March 12, 2018) - Encourage your kids and other Berkeley Unified School District students to attend this week's college and career summit, an effort to help all in our community achieve their dreams for education and work.

Berkeley Unified students - or their parents and caregivers - should contact their assigned School Counselor to get information on how they can attend the various events for the district's students.

Parents and guardians can attend the College Parent Night, where they can hear from other parents and learn about college requirements. The event is open to all and includes resources for prospective first-generation college students.

College Parent Night
Tuesday, March 13th
YMCA Teen Center
2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

The 2018 College and Career Summit is being organized by the City's 2020 Vision and Beyond, a collaborative partnership between the City of Berkeley, Berkeley Unified School District, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley. The collaborative effort is focused on breaking down the systematic barriers that lead to racial inequity in achievement.

Parents, guardians, and caregivers have a powerful influence on a young person's college and career path. Ongoing conversations between caregivers and children play an essential role in helping young people make informed decisions about their future. Get tips for supporting your child's career and college planning from the California Career Center.  Introduce young children to different careers with these book recommendations from Berkeley school librarians.

The summit is one piece of a larger effort to create a college-going and career development culture among all in our community - whether it's through family and parent engagement or in public schools themselves.

"So often low-income youth, and particularly youth of color, lack access to networks and opportunities that prepare young people for college and career success," says Paul Buddenhagen, Director of the City of Berkeley's Department of Health, Housing and Community Services.  "The City of Berkeley is committed to ensuring that all youth have access to education, training, and work experiences so they are prepared to reach their educational and career goals."

Below are a few simple steps to help all students achieve college and career success.

If your child is a Berkeley student, talk to them about the 2018 College and Career Summit. The summit will focus on the theme "Design Your Future" and includes a series of speakers, hands on activities, fairs, presentations, student panels, school library programs and more for youth as young as kindergarten through 12th grade. An extensive listing of the many College and Career Summit events are available on the Berkeley Unified School District website.

Parents and guardians can attend the College Parent Night at the YMCA Teen Center at 2111 Martin Luther King Jr Way, on Tuesday, March 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Hear from other parents and learn about college requirements. The event is open to all and includes resources for prospective first-generation college students.

Encourage Berkeley youth age 14-25 to explore a career path over the summer while getting paid. YouthWorks, the City of Berkeley summer jobs program, is accepting applications until March 30th.

The weeklong event is part of a larger effort in Berkeley to build pathways for all youth to attain postsecondary and workforce success and is the product of Berkeley's 2020 Vision partnership.


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