By Dupe Aleru|June 11, 2011|2:58 p.m.
The University of Southern California (USC) Rossier School of Education and the National Association of Peer College Advisors (NAPCA) will offer four residential and commuter week-long camp programs on the USC campus for current eighth through eleventh grade students, starting June 19.
The program will run from June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 10-15, and July 17-22. The pre-collegiate six day program provides students with an opportunity to stay on the USC campus overnight while being exposed to different facets of college life. In addition students will have the opportunity to strengthen their academic skills while being provided with information and resources to help them be better prepared and competitive for admission to the college of their choice.
“As a result of the economic impact most school districts are experiencing, counseling staff is being reduced on a large scale, leaving a huge void in schools being able to get kids on the right track early in their high school life,” states NAPCA Director, Aaron Smith. “Research continues to show the crisis level that proper college counseling has reached at the high school level with student to counselor ratios averaging almost 500:1.”
“The concept of NAPCA (National Association of Peer College Advisors) is to assist the counseling staff in developing peer advising chapters where students can mentor each other and develop the necessary skills and tools to navigate the path to the college or university of their choice,” Smith continues. Students completing the NAPCA summer program will be eligible to begin a peer mentor group in their own high schools.