Early College Awareness
According to the Harvard Impact Study, Education is the #1 focus for alumni volunteer efforts. Early College Awareness (ECA) provides Clubs, SIGs and individual classes with a meaningful and easily doable community service program designed to help students and parents understand that a college education is an achievable goal. As President Faust pointed out in her “Case for College”, the individual and social good that occurs when you put otherwise disadvantaged kids on a path to college success is measurable and significant.
The ECA program is not an admission recruitment program for Harvard. ECA’s message is to inform, educate, and encourage all students and families to consider and then plan early for a college education.
The purpose of the program is two-fold. ECA motivates young students and gives greater assurance to parents who don’t think college is an option. ECA provides further purpose to alumni/ae seeking to extend their involvement in education beyond Harvard-centric efforts such as interviewing and Prize Book.
ECA program options range from one-day Saturday seminars held jointly with local community partners to in-school assembly and classroom speaker programs that “make the curriculum real” through alumni/ae personal stories. ECA can work ata single school, or across a wider geographic area; and ittle or no expense to Clubs, SIGS, or classes.
To learn more about HAA’s Early College Awareness program, please look at the presentation from the 2015 Alumni Leadership Conference, found at: http://alumni.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/page/files/2015%20ALC%20ECA%20Workshop_0.pdf .
To hear from Harvard College Admissions officer Robert Clagett EdM '91 about the vision and early days of ECA, click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DQU7T7pnF4&feature=youtu.be . To see a list of Clubs and SIGS already involved with ECA click : http://alumni.harvard.edu/haa/clubs-sigs/programs/eca/clubs. And check out the stories below on the positive impact of successful ECA programs in Baltimore, Phoenix, and Boston’s North Shore.