Success in Education

This week’s blog is written by Kevin Jameson, Education Coordinator with Urban League of the Upstate

Why Education Matters

Education is more important than this short list, but this short list consists of the foundation of what education can provide.

Education gives us knowledge of the world, allowing us to understand other people and their cultures. It provides a clearer path to a quality career. It also builds character and allows us the opportunity to understand ourselves.

The Urban League of the Upstate, Spartanburg, has been working with teens for over 20 years and continues to offer programming in college and career readiness, as well as social development. Its Project Ready is a signature program of the National Urban League that provides enhanced academic and social support to students ages 11-18 as they prepare for post-secondary success. Students are expected to make academic progress, benefit from cultural enrichment opportunities, and be trained in school navigational and life skills development.

Project Ready

The Project Ready Post-Secondary Success Program is a unique and comprehensive approach to addressing the academic, personal, and social needs of students. Some of the social needs workshops offered are: Leadership, Communication, Presentation, Networking, Mindfulness, Substance Abuse Prevention, Suicide Awareness, Internet Safety, Peer Pressure, Bullying, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, and more.

The Project Ready Curriculum integrates academic preparation for college with life skills development and a social, global, and cultural awareness. This program currently targets high school students (9th - 12th graders) and works with students and their families to:

  • Increase college awareness

  • Improve navigational and life skills

  • Raise confidence and self-awareness around good decision making

  • Gain greater understanding and appreciation for one’s own cultural identity and diversity

  • Understand the correlation between post-secondary success and income

Project Ready Pre-College Enrollment Services

The Project Ready Pre-College Enrollment Services Program works with middle and high school students in Spartanburg County to prepare them for college enrollment at a two- or four-year college or university through the following services:

  • Academic Advising

  • Scholarship Opportunities and Application Assistance

  • Free SAT and ACT Preparatory Workshops

  • SAT and ACT Test Fee Waivers (for students who receive free or reduced-price lunch)

  • College Tours

  • FAFSA Assistance

  • College Application Assistance

For more information on the services available through Urban League, please contact Kevin Jameson.

If you know of a teen who needs other educational services like test prep or GED attainment, visit the Educational Services page of Connect.