"AP Para Todos" Community Event
"AP Para Todos" Community EventJose Rios, Director, Multicultural Communications
To help celebrate the 10th annual Prepárate conference and highlight the importance of the Advanced Placement Program, the College Board and the New York City Department of Education hosted a community event for over 300 Latino students and their families at the George Washington Educational Campus in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan on April 18.
Families were met by an enthusiastic group of over 20 College Board volunteers from the Staff Alliance for Latino Success and Achievement (SALSA), all wearing “AP Para Todos” (“AP for All”) t-shirts. Students came from across the five boroughs to attend speak one-on-one with expert staff, to to learn about new AP classes, financial aid, and fee waiver programs, to talk to college admissions officers, and to pick up free college planning materials designed to help them prepare for the next step in their academic careers.
The session was kicked off with remarks from Carmen Fariña, chancellor of New York City schools, who spoke about new programs and initiatives like College Awareness Day and Parent Academy, which are designed to provide help students and families better understand what to expect from the college search and application processes.
College Board President and CEO David Coleman encouraged students and their peers to consider AP because of the positive benefits it can provide both now and in the future.
“AP is a challenge that changes you,” Coleman said.
He also asked each and every student to apply to at least four colleges and led them in a chant of “4 or more!”