Workshops & Events
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Each month, we present a workshop to the families. In the 2010-2011 school year, eight workshops were presented: 1) Test-taking skills; 2) family finances; 3) college visits to Wheaton College and Judson University; 4) pizza party with college students about college life; 5)Gang Awareness 6) basics of college admission; 7) Career Choices; and 8) Career Day. Workshops are held on Saturdays and generally run for two hours. A simultaneous translator delivers the presentation in Spanish for the Spanish-speaking parents.
Some age-specific workshops are offered for high school juniors and seniors. For example, in the fall, a workshop for seniors gives an orientation to financial aid and in the early second semester the college application timeline is reviewed with high school juniors. This summer, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church hosted a “going to college” shower for 2012 graduates, giving gifts generously donated by the congregation and W2C providing speakers offering tips on transitioning from high school to college.
Going to College – 5 Key Factors
Speaker Dr. John Kaltsas
A Workshop for Students and Parents
410 Grand Avenue
For: High School Seniors and their Coaches
What: Scholarship Workshop
When: Saturday, February 9th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Christ Church
Bring: A laptop! AND…students bring your record of achievements, awards, community service, volunteering, an essay that you may have done for a college application, copy of your grade report or most recent grades in case you may have to report on your GPA.
For: Families and Students of W2C (Coaches always welcome and encouraged to attend with student!)
What: Family Finances — how to manage money and save. Some topics will be covered as a family and others will be split – children working in one group and parents in another. This information is very important to families who are thinking about how they will be able to pay for college!
When: Saturday, February 9th from 1 to 3 pm
Where: Christ Church
Presented by: Libertyville Bank and Trust
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Last week Saturday, Jan. 5th at our annual college pizza party! An eventful day for W2C – in the morning, juniors, seniors and college students listened to Lynn Gibson speak on how to share your story during an interview, in the afternoon Rocky from People’s Choice brought pizza and prizes for our students to share as they played games and engaged in conversations with college students (4 of them our very own W2C grads!) about their experiences in college. The college students also formed a panel for our W2C parents to answer their questions!
On December 3 2011, Waukegan to College families volunteered at Feed My Starving Children at the Lake County Fairgrounds. 32 W2C parents and students packed over 19,000 meals!!
On Saturday, 9/24/2011, Rockland School in Libertyville hosted a car wash to benefit Waukegan to College. Volunteers braved the rainy weather to raise money for W2C. Despite the conditions, many customers came and drove away in sparkling-clean cars. Hot dogs, sodas and other treats were for sale at the concession stand. Money raised will go toward running W2C’s family workshops and tutoring programs. Many thanks to Rockland families and especially to student Claudia Moxo for proposing W2C as an organization to be supported by Rockland!
W2C hosted The Real Deal facilitated by the Lake County Health Department at Christ Church, Waukegan. 30 W2C students and their families played the game in which they received a life scenario and play money for their monthly wages. They then visited tables where they could “buy” their necessities such as food, clothing, housing and baby supplies. Two dozen volunteers from Lake County communities helped students navigate the game. At the start, each student received a packet with a life scenario that included being a single parent and not having advanced education. Volunteers staffed each table and “sold” different levels of goods and services. Students could then visit the college table where they received an advanced degree, new career and a new monthly income. They bought necessities again, this time with more money.