New York Edge students Chantel Robertson, Ameer Ali, and Fatoumata Toure from Flushing High School and Rashaun Buchanan of Dewitt Clinton High School prepare for their exciting trip to Indiana University. All four juniors were accepted into the Balfour Scholars Program, a free program for designed to help cultivate student academic and career development. This program is made possible by a grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. This is the first time any New York City students have been accepted into the comprehensive college-readiness program and all four are part of the New York Edge Afterschool Program.
The Balfour Scholars Program is designed to teach rising high school seniors to become stronger scholars, manage finances, choose an academic major, and evaluate career options to best suit their interests and abilities. Students have the opportunity to experience a full week of life on an active college campus, balancing academics and the social aspects of college including student clubs, campus events, and cultural activities. Participants are connected with mentors who will provide support beyond their experience at Indiana University, guiding them throughout their senior year at high school and the college application process. After their first day, Fatoumata commented, “We’re doing great!…the first day was fantastic! We met a lot of new people, and they’re so welcoming and friendly. We already completed our first tour. I’m loving this!”