Access ASU to host 350 Ariz. high school students

Access ASU is organizing its second annual AVID youth conference, titled Be the Change” that will empower Arizona high school sophomores to take charge of their education and invest in their future and community. The one-day conference will be held on Feb. 3, in Tempe, Ariz., and will provide a variety of resources, including interactive workshops, motivational speakers and a walking tour of the Tempe campus led by current ASU students.

Through an open application process, 18 schools in Maricopa County have been invited to bring their students. The goal of the conference is to foster positive attitudes toward school and higher education, 350 high school students are signed up to make the first step to life-long civic engagement. Planned activities for participants will include; a hands-on workshop, allowing students to develop solutions to local and global issues facing their generation, exploration of Changemaker Central, the campus hub for ASU students to develop ideas to advance student driven social change and opportunities for summer programs and early concurrent enrollment at ASU.  The conference will also provide an optional professional development workshop for AVID coordinators and educators.

Access ASU is a catalyst for change, transforming Arizona's college-going culture by empowering students to invest in their future and attain a university degree. Access ASU encourages academic readiness, increases college exposure, builds student self-confidence, provides adult role models, fosters parent support and promotes financial aid literacy.

Jamillah Anderson,
(480) 965-6753
Educational Outreach and Student Services