CSO Winter Family Newsletter
December 2020 | Edition 3
Family Resource Links
COVID-19 Information
CSO Reminders
Student Opportunities
Minds Matter
Deadline Extended to Friday, December 18, 2020

Minds Matter, a four-year college access program that begins in students’ freshman year of high school, has extended the application deadline for its Freshman Bridge Program to Friday, December 18, 2020. Minds Matter offers its students a combination of individualized mentor support and group tutoring that provides students with the resources, information, and guidance they need to gain admission to, enroll in, and graduate from four-year colleges. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and meet Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for free or reduced-price lunch. Additional requirements can be viewed here.

Interested students are encouraged to submit an application as soon as possible, as seats are limited. Students and parents/guardians must both complete separate applications. For more information about Minds Matter, click here. The application can be accessed here. Direct questions should be directed to Catherine Qiu at catherine.qiu@mindsmatterphilly.org.

UPenn College Access Workshop
Monday, January 18, 2021
1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) will be hosting a free virtual workshop on Monday, January 18, 2021, for students entitled, “College Admission Process during COVID-19”, on behalf of their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr “Day of Service” committee. The workshop, facilitated by expert staff from UPenn’s Admissions and Financial Aid offices, will explore how to successfully complete the college application, admission, and financial aid processes. Students will also have the opportunity to earn community service credits needed for graduation by participating in the City-Wide Donation Project. 

The entire high school community and their parents/guardians are invited to attend. Interested students are encouraged to register here via Eventbrite. School personnel can also register students by contacting Associate Director of UPenn’s African American Resource Center, Darin Toliver, at toliverd@upenn.edu and providing the names and email addresses of students, as necessary. Please feel free to share the flyer linked here. Questions should be directed to Darin Toliver.