Thanks to your generous donations—and support from a variety of community partners—the IRC in Atlanta’s third annual Ready, Set, College! summer camp was able to provide eight weeks of SAT tutoring, college readiness workshops and action-packed field trips to 23 local high school students, preparing them to gain admission to college and succeed in higher education and beyond!
Together generous IRC supporters raised over $7,500 in scholarships in response to our Support-a-Camper campaign this spring, ensuring all of our students were able to attend summer camp completely free of charge. As the 2019-20 school year gets off to a great start, we’d like acknowledge all the wonderful people and organizations that helped make Ready, Set, College! possible, and all of our hard-working and dedicated students.
Each morning of camp, upperclassmen took part in intensive SAT prep, facilitated by expert tutors and IRC partners—Re'Generation Movement. Lowerclassmen focused on math review and taking part in Book Club, where students chose to read I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez. In the afternoons, students took part in workshops—led by IRC Atlanta staff—on relationships and reproductive health, college admissions and financial literacy, and spent several days working on personal essays for college applications.
Students were also able to go on several field trips throughout the summer, including a visit to Decatur Makers, where they built a Little Free Library for the Clarkston High School garden, as well as college campus tours of Oglethorpe University and Georgia State University. Campers traveled by MARTA to visit the Downtown GSU campus, where many plan to transfer after completing their associate degrees at the Clarkston campus.
Camp wasn’t all just hard work and studying—long-time IRC Youth Futures volunteer, Elise Petersen, raised money to treat all of our campers to a fun-packed day at Six Flags amusement park, and we rounded off an action-packed summer with an overnight camping trip, made possible through generous sponsorship from the Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors program. Our campers hiked to Amicalola Falls, enjoyed beautiful views of Lake Lanier and spent an evening around a campfire, cooking outdoors and having fun with friends.
One student shared about their experience, “I really like everything about the camp. I met a lot of cool people. I experienced more and I learned a lot about college. This summer camp gave me a hope to go to college. I didn’t think that I would go to college because it is so expensive and complicated but I learned a lot and now I am ready.”
The IRC in Atlanta is very grateful for the continued support of all our partners who made this summer camp a truly enriching experience for our students. We are especially grateful to Georgia State University Perimeter College - Clarkston Campus for providing rooms, facilities and a “home base” for Ready, Set, College! and are so appreciative of our incredible partner restaurants—Chai Pani and Doc Chey’s—who generously donated several delicious lunches.
To learn more about the work of the IRC in Atlanta and for information on how you can get involved with the IRC as a donor or volunteer, please contact Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at Kalie.Lasiter [at] Rescue.org or 678-636-8941.