Thanks to your support, the IRC in Atlanta’s “Ready, Set, College!” summer camp was able to provide eight weeks of SAT tutoring, college readiness workshops and action-packed field trips to more than 20 local high school students, preparing them to gain admission to college and succeed in higher education and beyond!

Campers touring Georgia State University.
Campers touring Georgia State University.
Photo: IRC Atlanta

Together generous IRC supporters raised over $5,000 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 2018-19 school year gets off to a great start, we’d like acknowledge all the wonderful people and organizations that helped make our Ready, Set, College! summer camp possible, and all of our hard-working and dedicated students.

Camp kicked-off back in June with a day of team building facilitated by Georgia State University’s Psychology Department, yoga classes taught by Cultivate Union and dance lessons led by Lauren Polansky. 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 their personal essays for college applications.  

Students created a collaborative art piece representing their roots and their dreams.
Students created a collaborative art piece representing their roots and their dreams.
Photo: IRC Atlanta

To complement the workshop program students took part in intensive SAT prep each day, facilitated by expert tutors from Re'Generation Movement, and attended college campus tours and information sessions at Georgia State University and Atlanta University Center. A visit to Decatur Makers involved a day of hands-on STEM learning where students built a hydroponics system for the IRC New Roots garden at Clarkston High School, and later students began their own civic projects to improve their school and community—including a “Welcome Club” to make starting school less intimidating and confusing for new international students.

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 field trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, made possible through generous sponsorship from the Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors program, and dedicated IRC and Sierra Club volunteer, Norman Slawsky.

With long-time IRC volunteer and Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors Leader, Norman Slawsky, on a trip to Chattanooga, TN.
With long-time IRC volunteer and Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors Leader, Norman Slawsky, on a trip to Chattanooga, TN.
Photo: IRC Atlanta

Reflecting on her summer camp experience, rising 10th grader, Rukaiya said, “Everything we did in summer camp motivates me and I met some special people. I want to thank everyone for all the help and friendships.” For many students, Ready, Set, College! will be their last summer camp before graduating—rising 12th grader, Niang said, “I got to do what I love during the summer camp with many new friends. I wish I joined the summer camp earlier so I will be more prepared for the college essay and the school year.”

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’re especially grateful to Georgia State University Clarkston campus for providing rooms, facilities and a “home base” for Ready, Set, College! and are so appreciative of all the restaurants who donated delicious lunches, including Chai Pani, Double Zero, Papi’s Cuban Grill, Farm Burger, Aladdin’s Mediterranean Grill and Raging Burrito!

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 Senior Development Manager, Kalie Lasiter, at [email protected] or 678-636-8941.

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