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Community invited to DiscoverU dialogues at Starbucks stores

SOUTH SEATTLE/SOUTH KING COUNTY – As part of the first-ever DiscoverU day, the public is invited to attend community dialogues about postsecondary education at select Starbucks stores across the South Seattle and South King County region. These five conversations, hosted by the Road Map Project, are in support of DiscoverU on Wednesday, Oct. 16, which is a day to build excitement around college and career exploration for all students – kindergartners through high school seniors – in 275 schools across the region.

The DiscoverU dialogues are free and will be facilitated by community leaders. The conversation will focus on the importance of postsecondary education for families and communities. Topics will include: what college means for families, helping children realize their dreams, learning about resources and the barriers students face to attending college (2 and 4 year). The dialogues will be taking place at the following times/locations:

6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 – TODAY
-10700 SE 208th Street – Kent

6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 – DiscoverU day
-Jackson and 23rd Avenue – Seattle
-1420 Harvey Road NE – Auburn

6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17
-439 Rainier Avenue S – Renton
-15838 1st Avenue S – Burien (dialogue in Spanish)

DiscoverU is a day for all students to think about their interests and reflect on their futures. Inside schools on DiscoverU day, educators will wear college gear and talk about their personal education and career pathways. Students will also participate in fun activities to help them explore their college/career interests.

Local community organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Rainier Vista and Communities in Schools – Renton, are also participating in DiscoverU and incorporating this important message into after-school programming.

DiscoverU serves as the kickoff to a year’s worth of events to support high school seniors navigating the college application process. College Application Completion Events are starting up this week. These events will provide one-on-one support to students researching colleges, filling out applications and drafting personal statements. In the coming months, other events will focus on helping students with financial aid and the final steps to enrolling in college. To learn more, please visit www.roadmaptocollege.org.

For more information about DiscoverU, please visit www.roadmaptocollege.org.

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About the Road Map Project
The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle. The project builds off the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside schools. The Road Map Project is supported by the Community Center for Education Results. For more information, please visit www.roadmapproject.org. Find us on Facebook by clicking here and Twitter at @RoadMapProject.