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Students to explore college and career options during DiscoverU week, Oct. 12-16

SEATTLE/SOUTH KING COUNTY – Thousands of students of all ages across Seattle and South King County will be exploring their college and career options as part of DiscoverU week, happening Oct. 12-16 inside and outside schools. DiscoverU participants include local school districts, youth programs, colleges, community-based groups and other education partners – more than 100 people and organizations so far have pledged to participate in DiscoverU!

As part of DiscoverU, students will learn about educators’ college and career paths, see teachers and staff showing school pride by sporting college gear, and participate in fun activities that will encourage them to explore their futures. But DiscoverU isn’t limited to schools. Businesses, colleges, community-based organizations, libraries, city governments, community members and families are invited to join DiscoverU and put college and career in the spotlight!

It’s easy to participate in DiscoverU:

  1. Discuss your education or career path with a young person in your life and ask about their interests – Talking to students about careers and the path that led you there is an easy way to get them thinking about all of the possibilities in their futures.
  2. Wear your college or career gear – Whether you wear a hat with your college’s name on it or a shirt with your company’s logo, it’s easy to show off your DiscoverU spirit.
  3. Participate in a fun college or career exploration activity – Activities can include trivia games, career charades and fun surveys. Find examples at org.

You can also participate in DiscoverU by taking a college- or career-themed selfie and posting on social media with the #discoverU hashtag. More information can be found on roadmaptocollege.org.

“DiscoverU helps students identify where their talents are, what they love to do and to be able to see how many choices and options there are. It’s important for students to identify the road map to their futures, and the earlier they start the sooner they can get experiences that can help them hone those skills and interests,” said Dorina Calderon-McHenry, Club Executive Director of Renton Skyway Boys & Girls Club, a DiscoverU participant.

The week of Oct. 12-16 coincides with the College Board assessments (PSAT, SAT and ReadiStep). DiscoverU is also a kickoff to the Road Map to College campaign, an annual cycle of events and support for high school students. Coming up after DiscoverU week, College Application Events will be happening across the region. Students attending these events will receive one-on-one support navigating the college application process, researching colleges, filling out applications and drafting personal statements.

The Road Map Project, along with the Puget Sound Educational Service District and many other partners, supports DiscoverU. For a full list of participants, visit roadmaptocollege.org.

To learn more about covering DiscoverU inside schools or at after-school programs, please contact Kristin Johnson-Waggoner at kjohnson@ccedresults.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 through 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 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 at www.facebook.com/roadmapproject and Twitter at @RoadMapProject.