The Red Hook Youth Court members, Youth from the JustArts: Photography Program and the Internship Program had an exciting day visiting Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, 2011 on August 5, 2011. For some of the youth it was their first time visiting colleges outside of New York City. At Temple University, the youth received a tour of the campus where they learned about the admission process, the university's majors, student life and special clubs and programs they offered. Some youth were hesitant of asking questions at first; however, as the tour went on many of the youth were comfortable to ask questions regarding the majors and the admissions process for Temple. In addition, many of the youth were fascinated by the University of Pennsylvania and they enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about the college admission process, scholarships that are offered. One youth court member, Shaquille, was fascinated with the Engineering Program at Penn and he stated "I want to come here." They were also intrigued by the campus and some of the university's traditions for sports and special events. It was a great day and both university visits have opened the endless opportunities to our youth here at the Red Hook Community Justice Center.
P.O.V. From One of our Youth Court Members, Jeremy
"Last Friday I attended a college trip, that really opened my mind as well as broadened my choices in possible colleges I would be interested in attending. We visited the University of Pennsylvania, and also Temple University. While on the tour I was impressed with both schools, but the school that really caught my attention was Temple University. I fell in love with the campus environment, and was also impressed with the reviews I was hearing of the business program that is offered there, which is personally my interest in a career. All in all I believe that trip was extremely beneficial to not only me, but to everyone who went on the trip, and had an interest in college before arriving there. And for those who did not, hopefully it was an eye-opener, and at least got them to consider pursuing a future in college upon the conclusion of their high school lives. I know for me it was just another great step into the wonderful future that I am planning to have."