At the moment, FAST (First-generation Aspire to Succeed) and Adela de la Torre Honor Society have partnered up to recreate a “Parent University” to help parents of first generation students to become informed, educated, and assisted with the college process. The original idea and program was done by Mrs. Segundo at Aurora high school. This will be implemented at Sycamore high school but it is open to the community of Sycamore and DeKalb. There will be different sessions regarding college applications, financial aid, college life, and many more topics regarding higher education. There will also be a research component that will be added. Parents will participate in a survey study as well as group discussions to be able to learn how “Parent University” affects their perspective of higher education. The first sessions will begin Spring Semester.
Many parents of first generation students want to learn more but there are insufficient resources provided for parents. With this program parents will have the opportunity to become more educated over the topic and be able to help their child or children.
This is very exciting to be a part of and I know that with this program more parents will become informed of the college process. I have conducted research in the past years and I am confident that we will have a successful program as well as data collection that will hopefully become published. With this experience, I will be able to practice working with first-generation parents and students. This is something I would like to do in the future as a physical therapist with public health.
”A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”-Colin Powell