The week of July 15 - 22, 2017, marked the official start of a new initiative at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Twenty-five youth ages 15-18 from almost ten regional counties came to campus to engage in academically oriented workshops and student life activities; enjoyed time on a college campus interacting with faculty, staff and students alike; and were challenged to build confidence, knowledge and skills that will empower them to make positive life choices including successfully pursuing a college degree. This workshop will 1) highlight research that informed the planning process that resulted in the residential experience and will shape a year-round mentoring program, 2) articulate key goals and elements of the program that make it unique but adaptable at other PASSHE institutions, and 3) encourage discussion about the potential for impact and questions others wonder about when building a program from idea to implementation.
Alyssa Guglielmo, WCU Student Volunteer
Rona Anderson, Assistant to the Dean, Bloomsburg University
Rona Anderson serves as the Assistant to the Dean for the College of Liberal Arts. This position provides her with opportunities to work with faculty and staff on the day-to-day operations of the college, funding special initiatives, and to work with students in a variety of capacities. Most recently, this position has grown to include development of the Anchor Program, which brings 15-18 year old youth in foster care to campus for a one-week residential experience that exposes them to college life, involves them in curricular workshops as well as student life activities, and challenges them not only to see themselves as college material but also to explore the necessary steps toward obtaining a college degree.
Ms. Kira Loux, Junior majoring in Theatre and History at Bloomsburg University
Despite a hectic academic schedule, she is actively involved on campus (History Club, Campus Crusade for Christ, Anchor mentor). Notably, Kira stood out as an outstanding Crew Leader during the inaugural week of the Anchor Program. She engaged with participants on numerous levels and provided valuable feedback to staff to make the experience positive for all those involved.