In a creative partnership between National City Middle school and UCSD's Center for Research in Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CReaTe), parent education workshops are being offered to the National City Community, workshops that provide parents with hands-on information on college preparation, and the college-going process.
One parent who has benefit from these workshops is Elivia Martinez, "I thought I knew what I need to do and what my children needed to do to get ready for college until I head College Advocate Anna Ono-fre speak at a workshop in Barrio Logan. The College Advocates provide a wealth of information and emphasized the need to prepare early."
College Advocate Anna Onofre has benefited from the programs as well. She is a third year UCSD student at John Muir College and the first person in her family to attend college. During high school, Anna was enrolled in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), classes that offered her a rigorous curriculum combined with a supportive environment. Anna and her family received parental information while she was a student at Point Loma High School from the UCSD College Advocates Program and from several Personal Visits from Agustín Albarrán, Community Coordinator for CReaTe. When she was admitted to UCSD she became a College Advocate because she "wanted to give back to her community and help other students and their parents" prepare for college. Anna has been a College Advocate for three years and has plans to go to medical school after she graduates with a degree in biology.
Diana Getrich, works with parents like Elivia Martinez at the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) she added, "College Advocates provide information to parents and help increase parents' knowledge, rights, and advocacy about preparing for college and doing so early."
College Advocates provide a variety of services within CReaTe's Partnership schools and community centers. Through lively and interactive presentations, Advocates inform students, parents, and other community members about the college-going process, which includes: college eligibility requirements, financial aid, SAT/ACT testing, and the California four-college system (California Community Colleges (CCC), California State Universities (CSU), the University of California (UC), and private universities).
College Advocates personalize their parent presentations by incorporating their social, academic, and personal experiences from high school and college. In addition, they discuss the benefits of college and the importance of higher education. Presentations are designed to motivate and enhance student academic preparation for admission to UC San Diego and comparable institutions.