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A WEEK TO EXPLORE COLLEGE AND CAREER OPTIONS
Inspiring BUSD’s K – 12 students to think about their futures

Berkeley, California (Monday, March 11, 2019) - Encourage your kids and other Berkeley Unified School District students to participate in a series of college and career events this week, an effort to help all in our community achieve their dreams for education and work.

Parents, guardians, and caregivers have strong sway over young people's paths and choices.  Use tips, resources and these events March 11-15 to help your child think about their future. 

The 2019 College and Career Awareness Week  is a project of Berkeley's 2020 Vision: Equity in Education, 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 prevent racial equity in achievement.

"Access to opportunities and resources play a critical role in college and career success," said Dee Williams-Ridley, Berkeley's City Manager. "Events such as this career week are essential to empowering youth and their families, especially those with limited or no college history."

Take these steps:

  • Get tips on supporting your child's career and college planning from the California Career Center.
  • Suggest that your K - 5th graders ask their school librarian for their recommendations of college and career-related books.  It's never too early to help children develop dreams and aspirations. Staff from a variety of City departments are visiting classes this week.
  • Review the scheduled activities and encourage Berkeley High students to sign up to attend panels and presentations, hands on activities, and the Community College Fair.
  • Urge youth ages 14-25 to sign up for YouthWorks, the City of Berkeley's summer youth jobs program, which allows youth to explore careers while getting paid. Applications are due March 29th.
  • Attend an event for parents and guardians to learn from Berkeley High School alumni, their parents, and educators about a variety of post-graduation experiences, including 4-year college, 2-year-college, Career Technical Education, "gap years" and more.

Opportunities After High School
March 12th, 6-8 p.m.
YMCA Teen Center
2111 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Parents of African American, Latinx students and families with limited or no college history are particularly encouraged to attend.

These activities are just a small selection of the Berkeley's 2020 Vision partnership's effort to promote a college-going and career-focused culture for all students in our community.

Help your kids to attend this week's events, and remember: young people's most powerful college and career influences are in their homes.

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