Last week, high school students participating in the Justice Center’s summer youth programs took a break from serving as youth court members and interns at local businesses to spend the day exploring the role of higher education in their futures. Having watched all of last year’s graduating seniors from the Red Hook Youth Court go on to attend a stellar list of colleges and universities, these high schoolers were eager to learn about what the two schools they toured, Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Princeton University, might have to offer towards reaching their goals. As young people already actively involved in their communities, speaking with representatives from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs gave many students a taste of how they could put that experience into practice towards a career by studying public policy. At the end of the day, all students gained a better sense of what the college application process and campus life are like, and many expressed a newfound ability to envision themselves leaving their comfort zone of Brooklyn to attend schools across the river in New Jersey or even across the country. As bright, ambitious, and engaged high school students, this experience is sure to help the group on their way to becoming equally accomplished college students.
|Red Hook Youth Summer Program participants touring Rutgers University|