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


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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