Katherine Zepeda-Arreola Humanities and Social Science
Are We Understanding College Predispositions in Oakland Youth? A Case Study of College Track
The disparity in earnings between students with and without a college degree has been growing for the past twenty-five years, and has become pivotal in determining the future stability of the nations youth. Through this research project, I will explore the college predispositions of low-income students of color recently accepted in College Track, an after school college preparatory program in Oakland. By focusing on three elements of the program: the college-focused activities, the extracurricular/supplemental opportunities, and the staff, I aim to understand the motivations that lead rising 9th graders to apply to the program. Through this project I will provide a better understanding of how to best assist students who want to go to college but do not have the means to do so on their own. Simultaneously, I will investigate students expectations of after school program along with their college predispositions to influence the way after school programs are catered towards youth.