Welcome to EXPLORE!
The mission of the EXPLORE! program is to promote awareness of, access to, and readiness for college and career among first-generation local urban high school students while, at the same time, supporting and enhancing the educational experiences of Providence College students.
The program includes weekly on-site after-school programming throughout the academic year and four days of PC campus programs for high school students and their parents in spring semester. In the fall semester, Providence College students visit the schools to engage in a variety of formal and informal programming structured around a unique college readiness curriculum. This programming continues in the spring semester, and is supplemented with a shadowing day at Providence College in February and a three-day, content-oriented workshop program in April. On the final day of the April program, parents are invited to campus to speak with a college readiness counselor about how they can prepare their children for college, and to take part in a program graduation ceremony and luncheon.
We provide EXPLORE! participants with various trips and visits that give them a better sense of what life is like in college. From visits to basketball games, these students get an up close look at what life is like in college.
As part of creating a college going atmosphere among the EXPLORE! participants, the students are taking on college visits to explore different college campuses and atmospheres. Participants have attended various Rhode Island colleges and universities.
PC Friars Basketball Game
Students with EXPLORE! get a taste of the college life! Our volunteers help to organize a trip to The Dunkin Donuts Center where participants get to watch a real PC Friars basketball game.
February Shadowing Day
EXPLORE! participants have the opportunity to spend the day with a Providence College student, attending classes, eating in the cafeteria and getting a student’s perspective of campus life.
The workshops on the first two days feature four content areas of science, writing/language arts, math, and social science, in addition to one workshop on study skills and an ‘enrichment’ workshop whose theme for 2011 is The Arts. On the third day, students attend a college preparation session facilitated by an Admissions Counselor as well as a career panel session. Parents accompany students on this third workshop day to learn about the college admissions and financial aid process in addition to discussing what types of classes and activities they need to encourage their students to participate in while in high school.
Please contact our EXPLORE! Program Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org