September Activities

September 1, 2017

Author: Mychal Wynn (Northeastern ’79)
Editor: Mychal-David Wynn (Amherst College ’13)

September College Planning Newsletter

September 1, 2017

Welcome to the 2017/18 College Planning Cohort™ Program

Today is the kickoff of our new College Planning Cohort Google Classrooms. As our program continues to evolve, Google Classrooms represent another means of furthering our efforts in closing the ‘college knowledge gap’ and assisting students in identifying the most viable postsecondary pathways to their college/career aspirations. These classrooms are designed to engage students in the assigned activities and to cultivate an environment in which students are sharing with, and learning from, other students.

Following is an overview of the new Google Classroom format:


Each assigned activity begins with an ‘Objective.’ Take a moment to read the ‘Objective’ of each activity so that you understand the purpose of the activity and what you should learn from having completed the activity.

Guiding Question(s)

Attempt to answer the guiding questions prior to completing the activity. After completing the activity, compare how you answered the questions with what you learned.

The cohort experience is all about both what you learn and how you apply what you learn to conceptualizing your college-bound plan. Your pre- and post-answers will reflect your ‘college knowledge’ and expose any ‘college knowledge gaps’ you may have. Even if you initially completed an activity as a high school sophomore and later completed the same activity as a high school junior, you may discover that not only are you better able to answer the guiding questions, but also that completing the activity a second time places the information into a different, larger context based on how your college and scholarship opportunities have evolved.

The Lessons

Most activities have several lessons. Some lessons are scaffolded, meaning that each lesson builds on what you learned from the previous lesson. Other lessons are independent, for example, one lesson may relate to institutional scholarships while another lesson may relate to military scholarships. Unless a lesson is listed as ‘Optional,’ the lesson should be completed as part of the activity.

Google Documents

All necessary documents and links are provided in each activity. Each document will become part of your ‘Body of Work.’ Body of Work is an important concept for cohort students: each activity and each corresponding document is designed to represent a piece of your overall college-bound plan (i.e., résumé, college research, scholarship research, essays, career research, gifts and talents, etc.). The goal of cohort participation is to create a high quality body of work, prior to beginning your senior year of high school. As a high school senior, your focus will be on creating a high quality ‘self-presentation’ of your body of work.

All Google Documents are shared and exchanged through the classroom, consequently, there will be no need to exchange documents via email.

What if I am registered for the cohort, but do not plan to participate in a Google Classroom?

Cohort students who are not registered to participate in the Google Classrooms will continue to have access to free downloadable activities on our website through December 31, 2017. On January 1, 2018, our program will only operate through the College Planning Cohort Google Classroom.


Receiving an invitation to a Diversity Weekend is more competitive than being offered admission to the college or university so these students are to be congratulated for being among the most accomplished students in the country to be offered all-expenses paid visits to some of the country’s best colleges and universities:

Kristen S., Guilford County Schools (NC)

  • Amherst College – Diversity Open House (DIVOH)
  • Johns Hopkins University – Hopkins Overnight Multicultural Experience (HOME)
  • Swarthmore College – Discover Swarthmore
  • Washington and Lee – Diversity and Inclusion Visit Experience (DIVE)
  • Williams College – Windows on Williams (WOW)

Brenna K., Guilford County Schools (NC)

  • Amherst College – Diversity Open House (DIVOH)

Loren T., Cobb County Schools (GA)

  • Williams College – Windows on Williams (WOW)

We would like to congratulate the following students for being selected for the next round of the Posse Foundation Scholars Program interviews:

  • Faith L., Fulton County Schools (GA)
  • Malathi R., Cobb County Schools (GA)
  • Travis W., Cobb County Schools (GA)

We would like to congratulate second-year Florence County School District 3 college students, Latajah Alford and Dawanya Burgess, who have been accepted into the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College at Claflin University and awarded Honors College Scholarships.

September Activities (Seniors)

September Activities (Grades 9 – 11)

Important Announcements

College Planning Boot Camp

A 2-day College Planning Boot Camp for Early College Students in Florence County School District 3 (Lake City, SC) will be hosted on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1.

College Planning Cohorts

Florence County School District 3 (9:30 am – 3:00 pm):

  • Saturday, September 2, 2017
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017
  • Saturday, December 2, 2017
  • Saturday, January 13, 2018
  • Saturday, February 3, 2018
  • Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018

Guilford County Schools First Generation (9:00 am – 1:00 pm):

  • Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017
  • Saturday, December 9, 2017
  • Saturday, January 20, 2018
  • Saturday, February 17, 2018
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church Crossroads for Teens (3:00 pm – 4:30 pm)

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018

Turner Chapel AME Church ‘The Next Episode’ (9:30 am in the Boardroom)

  • Sunday, September 10, 2017
  • Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Sunday, November 12, 2017
  • Sunday, December 10, 2017
  • Sunday, January 14, 2018
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018

Want to Join a Cohort?

Register at the following link:

Register for a Crossroads for Teens Cohort at the following link:

Email inquiries:

Registration: Cohort registration is for the academic year of September through May. Currently, we offer a College Planning Cohort Google Classroom for students in grades 9 – 11 and for high school seniors. In January, 2018, we will offer a College Planning Cohort Google Classroom for middle school students, based on the text, “A Middle School Plan for Students with College-Bound Dreams.”

What are the benefits of the College Planning Cohort Google Classroom?

Through our research, the Google Classroom platform offers many benefits to our program:

  • Documents are securely maintained on the Google server and automatically save
  • Documents may be securely shared with parents so that students, parents, facilitators, and cohort leaders are always aware of current actions and student work
  • We will cultivate a synergistic exchange of ideas, hopes, dreams, and college/career aspirations between students as they post comments about what they are learning and how their college plans are taking shape
  • By serving as facilitators, parents, teachers, counselors, or mentors will become part of a national college planning support network for students and families
  • We will provide more focused guidance as we assign supplemental activities based on each student’s dreams, aspirations, and body of work
  • We will provide opportunities for former cohort students to serve as guest lecturers, to share their experiences and provide greater insight into the impact of the activities on their college and scholarship outcomes

Would you like to start a cohort?

While individual students may join our National College Planning Cohort Google Classroom, any group of 5 or more students may form a cohort and we will design a classroom for the student group or community-based organization. While students will complete the same activities, the class will be monitored by a facilitator (e.g., parent, coach, mentor, counselor, teacher, etc.) from the sponsoring group. Cohorts may be formed around a grade level (9 – 12), group (e.g., Boy/Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, after school program, etc.), or organization (e.g., fraternity, sorority, Jack and Jill, etc.).

Have a Question?

Contact us at:

Phone: (678) 395-5825


College Planning Cohort
P.O. Box 70457
Marietta, GA 30007

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