The program, supported by the Foundation for
Excellent Schools and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among many
others, develops partnerships between public schools (K-12)
in high-need communities and colleges and universities who
work with the schools to raise student aspirations and improve
student performance, especially in low-income schools, to ensure
that a greater number of high school graduates are “college
Nationwide this initiative will eventually involve 100 public
schools partnered with more than 100 colleges to directly benefit
more than 20,000 youth.
The program was launched in Hawai‘i this past fall. HPU
has committed to develop sustainable partnerships with Castle
High School, Kailua High School, Pu‘ohala Elementary School,
and Kapa‘a High School.
The four basic components of the program are mentoring, goal
setting, early college awareness, and community service. In
November, eight HPU students served as mentors to program
scholars at Castle
High. They spoke with about 80 ninth- and tenth- grade students
about college life, about how to afford a college education,
and how college life is different from high school. The HPU
students said they felt they had learned as much from the
as the Castle students learned from them.
Future plans include HPU campus visits by the program students
from the public schools, more mentoring interaction, early
college awareness presentations by HPU staff, and some joint
Students interested in becoming mentors as part of this program
should contact Malia Chong, HPU academic advisor, at 544-1198
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.