South-east Brooklyn Senator, Roxanne J Persaud, hosted the inaugural College and Resource Fair in her district this Spring. The event, held at South Shore Education Campus, was geared towards helping to guide children towards College entry.
Senator Persaud explained, “There is a huge difference between college aspiration and college achievement: Students may aspire to attend college but due to many factors including lack of resources and preparation, they do not get a chance to graduate with and have a successful career. Additionally, far too many students especially special education, minority students, and students of parents who do not have a college degree are not receiving the resources they need to succeed in college and in their careers.”
The Fair gave families invaluable access to information and tips to help them understand the financial aid application process for Federal Aid, grants, and scholarships.
Over 75 colleges presented information to prospective applicants to help them navigate the college enrollment process, including CUNY, SUNY, New York City College of Technology, LaGuardia Community College, University at Buffalo and Fashion Institute of Technology.
In addition to the elected officials present – NYS Senator Persaud was joined by NYS Assemblymember Williams – there was a raft of businesses, governmental and community organisations providing resources for students, such as, Fresh Air Fund, Cody Cares, Brooklyn District Attorney, Wells Fargo, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Digital Girl Inc, the US Department of Education Federal Student Aid Outreach and Job Corps.
Senator Persaud’s office also organized a lively raffle with prizes including an Amazon Fire Tablet, flash drives, boutique haircuts, and College Application Fee for CUNY/SUNY.
She concluded the session by saying: “Students’ success in life depends on how much they prepare and how much access they have to resources. My office will continue to design and lead targeted initiatives and programs that help students with their college preparation. It is my aim to reach students in the 19th senatorial district and beyond, knowing that when we invest in our students, we, in turn, lower the cost to families and society in general”.