Preparing High School Students for the “Real World”

OGDEN, Utah – High school students will explore higher education, financial aid and leadership opportunities during the “Preparing for the Real World” conference April 27 and 28 at Weber State University.

The two-day multicultural student conference will include keynote speakers, workshops for students and advisors, and a talent show. All events will emphasize college options, leadership roles and cultural identity.

“The conference gives high school students a different perspective of college,” said Ashá Jones, WSU’s Student 2 Student program coordinator and former conference attendee. “Not only are we preparing students academically, but also we are preparing them socially, culturally, and as leaders.”

Shayla Rivera, the “Funny Rocket Scientist,” will discuss overcoming one’s limitations. Keynote speakers, Lee Jones, who has a doctorate in organizational development, and Brenda Burrell, who has a doctorate in educational administration, will provide students with tips to ready themselves for the future.

On April 27, WSU’s Student 2 Student program will host the “4 Real” talent show in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms at 7 p.m. Parents are invited to support the students as they share their talents. The show will feature step performances by the Las Vegas Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Alpha Men & Divas of Tomorrow youth organization.

“When I attended the conference as a high school student, it gave me drive. I was a first-generation college student, low income and a student of color. Many counselors told me just to go into the military or go to a technical college,” Jones said. “After attending the multicultural conference at Weber State and being part of Upward Bound, I realized I could do more. I could attend college and it was an option for me.”

The conference is free for students who register, including an overnight stay at a local hotel and shuttle transportation to and from events.

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Ashá Jones , Student to Student program coordinator
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Randee Jensen, office of Media Relations
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