Cabrini has entered into a partnership with the North Philadelphia College, Saint-Jacques school, which will make the university more accessible for children in the region. The Episcopal School has a graduate support program that is dedicated to expanding to make the college a reality for students in these low income neighborhoods.
The approach they take makes sense to the general public as you take a closer look; Prepare these college kids for success now and give them the tools to thrive in their high school careers before they attend these universities. Working with these middle school students can change many of their young perspectives to get them already thinking about the importance of education in the years to come, while getting them into the best high schools in the region and ensuring them an experience. university. Harcum College and Sainte-Famille University have also started working with St. James during these efforts to provide more opportunities for students.
In October 2020, the President’s office received a call from David Kasievitch, the principal of the school in St. James. “Mr. Kasievish contacted Cabrini because they knew our mission, our vision and the dedication we have to serving students, whatever their financial situation, to ensure their personal and professional success”, the vice-president of the registration management at Cabrini, George J. Walter, mentionned.
“Like Cabrini, St. James believes in the benefit of maintaining relationships with students to provide them with a connection and a place to go if they have questions. St. James has a graduate support team that keeps in touch with its alumni in high school, college and beyond.
Not only are Cabrini and these other colleges trying to prepare these kids for success in school, but they are also a part of this post-secondary partnership because their core values align, resulting in a similar vision across the board. St. James School is a private denominational school with nearly 90 students. Therefore, reaching a small school like this is the start that these colleges were looking for to be present in the North Philadelphia community.
Changing the statistics on graduation and college completion is critical, as the numbers of these students from these low-income neighborhoods do not always have the motivation to seek university, especially as as a first generation student.
“About 40% of our students are eligible for the Pell scholarship and about 30% are first generation,” Walter said. “Through partnerships like this we are able to connect with students who might not otherwise think that an education at Cabrini is possible and try to provide them with the financial support they need. . “
St. James students and families will be connected to Cabrini in many ways when the partnership is fully underway, for example by having the Admission and Financial aid staff visit the school, as well as scheduled trips to campus for these college students, so they can gain insight into the university environment up close and personal at a young age. Having a Liaison Officer from the Admissions Office helps to work the St. James Graduate Support Team and establish a process by which the Center for Student Success in Cabrini will collaborate with the Graduate Support Team in St. James, are objectives to which the partnership intends to commit.
“It means a lot to me that Cabrini wants to make a difference in the area where I come from to help the children improve their situation,” said Naiser Warren-Robinson, sophomore and native of North Philadelphia. “Enlightened opinions about college and knowing that it’s a more accessible reality than they think is limited there. It is essential that while we prepare these students to attend these universities, we also prepare them with a game plan to truly succeed in college.
Not only will Cabrini includes affordable financial aid to the contributions of these families which will limit the damage of the loan upon graduation, but St. James School students attending Cabrini University will work with a designated academic team member to regular check-ins. The team member could be an academic advisor or even a campus minister, while the graduate support staff at St. James School will also be involved in the process.
Accessibility to get to these schools can have its barriers for students, both mentally and financially. When the possibility is instilled in students at a young age, it shows these families how much these colleges care to lend a helping hand.