College Bound expands program
The College Bound program at the Boys & Girls Club has opened up its college trips to include a larger range of students. On Nov. 10, five middle-school students and 13 high-school students caravanned down to San Francisco for a hike and photo excursion at Land’s End, followed by a guided tour of San Francisco State University. The trip not only provided a view of college to younger Boys & Girls Club members, but also encouraged mentorship between high-school students and middle-school students. Middle-school students could see that fellow Boys & Girls Club students are not only planning for college, but excited to go. Said seventh-grader Ricardo Rico, “This was my first time on a college campus, and it was the best university. I thought the library was the coolest part, because it had four stories. When I grow up, I’d like to go to SF State.” Being a part of trip has not only connected the younger students to older club members, it has launched their own college planning process. Front row, (left to right) Christian Soto, Ricardo Rico, Ely Hernandez, Monica Pulido, Jackie Maredonio, John Navaro; back row, (left to right), BGC staff member Drew Halter, Jonathan Martinez, Jesus Molina, Francisco Chavez, Rafa Maldonado, Dalia Caballero, Marlen Rojas, Lizette Hernandez, Christen Silkey, Elizabeth Mendoza and Emily Cavillo.