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Urban High School Students’ Experiences in an Afterschool College Readiness Program

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This transcendental phenomenological investigation examined urban students’ experiences in Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), an afterschool college readiness program. The federally funded program provides low-income and minority students information and access to services that lead to increased opportunities for post-secondary education. Interviews with 10 participants revealed that (a) navigating the college system; (b) expansion of career options; (c) counseling relationship; (d) personal insight; and (e) future orientation were major themes. Implications for school counselor preparation and practice are discussed.

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Parikh, S.B. Urban High School Students’ Experiences in an Afterschool College Readiness Program. Urban Rev 45, 220–231 (2013).

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  • Urban students
  • College readiness
  • School counselors