Native American high school students interested in attending a four-year university can get a taste of what college life can be like by attending the Cal Poly Pomona Native American Youth Leadership Summer Pipeline to College program.
Students will have a week from July 16 to 22 to explore the university. They will stay on campus, attend lectures taught by Cal Poly Pomona faculty, and cultural classes. Native American youth attending the program can also explore off campus activities so they can see what the environment is like outside the college.
“We aim for the program to be a comprehensive mixture of relevant academic and cultural materials to provide a well rounded educational experience for Native American youth,” said River Garza, community liaison for Cal Poly Pomona. “We hope that the students who attend our program leave with greater insight into what it takes to navigate and be successful in college.”
The program is free, but the students will have to get to the university to attend. Students have attended from as far away as Oklahoma. The majority of Native American youth who attend the program do continue on to attend a four-year university or a community college.