On Saturday, October 4, the Above&Beyond college readiness program will make its debut at the Ferguson Library. The program is open to children ages 10 and up in the Ferguson-Florissant area and is being offered by the Education Exchange Corps, a St. Louis nonprofit organization, at no charge.

Above&Beyond will take on kids’ perceptions of college, reveal the resources available for college applicants, and assist kids throughout the application and preparation process. Kielah Harbert, the Chief College Readiness Officer of the Education Exchange Corps and a freshman at Washington University, founded Above&Beyond based in large part on her own experiences applying to college and seeing others struggle with the process.

“A crucial aspect of our program is helping students at any age level because it’s never too soon to learn about college,” Kielah noted. “Our services expand to parents and teachers alike in the hopes of creating a united support system around each individual student in the program.”

“I’m so happy to help one of my former students help so many others,” said Elad Gross, President and CEO of the Education Exchange Corps. “This is a great opportunity for St. Louis to give every child a chance.” The program is looking for volunteers to help with programming and mentors who can follow up with their kids during the school year. The Education Exchange Corps will also take those volunteers who can only commit a couple of hours on a weekend.

The program will start at 11:00AM and go until 3:00PM. Programming for parents will last until around 12:00PM. For the first week, the program will be capped at 50 kids. The Ferguson Municipal Public Library is located at 35 N. Florissant Road.

To learn more or to volunteer, contact Elad at Elad.Gross@EdExCo.org or Kielah at kielahharbert@wustl.edu, or visit www.EdExCo.org.

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Pianki

I applaud this effort but there needs to be a like program for prepping Black and black African-Americans for police, fire, city hall, school districts and public works jobs at these vast majority north county municipalities who presently have majority whites in these positions. The black sons and daughters who reside in these North County municipalities can not do the same in the South County areas. Those salaries and pensions are gathered from these North County Municipalities are taken elsewhere and spent. This is a problem.

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