DiscoverU is in full swing and we are so impressed and excited by all the wonderful activities taking place! This is the first year that King County Housing Authority has participated in DiscoverU, and we wanted to showcase some of the great things they are doing to help students explore college and career options.
King County Housing Authority has a big focus on high school completion, graduation and getting students prepared to enter the workforce.
"What better kind of partnership than highlighting the importance of education in general, but also continuing education, getting everyone on board in working toward this common goal?" said Ted Dezember, the senior resident services manager for educational initiatives at KCHA.
This week, the staff at KCHA will get to wear college gear during DiscoverU, which Ted notes is "kind of a big deal" since there is normally a no-logo policy dress code. But DiscoverU is viewed as so valuable, it's worth bending the rules!
KCHA partners with six different youth services that operate across housing authority properties. Each day of the week, KCHA is highlighting one of the organizations and the kids that benefit from their services with boards that feature photos and quotes about future plans and college aspirations. These tri-fold boards celebrate the organization and the youth that they serve, so that a college-going and career-exploring culture is cultivated.
KCHA serves 20,000 kids, which is 5 percent of school-aged kids in King County, so the partnership with education groups just makes sense for them.
"We share the same core value that we want every child to be successful," Ted said.
Congratulations to KCHA for their first DiscoverU week, and we look forward to your participation in the years to come!