Monday, October 25, 2010

Introduction: Strive@CMU

The Carnegie Mellon University chapter of Strive for College began in Fall 2009. Since then, we have been regularly mentoring at Westinghouse Highschool, Pittsburgh. With each semester, Strive has gained more mentors and mentees; this semester we have a total of 15 mentors, representing the freshman through senior class at CMU.We will be posting about our mentoring sessions, efforts to fundraise and more! [the picture in this post is from Spring'09, you can see the mentors and mentees wearing Westinghouse t-shirts!]

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Strive at UGA

Hey guys!
So here at the University of Georgia we are in our second year of Strive, which means we're still in the creation and promotion stages of development. Last year was impacting, as expected, with mentors working hard at Classic City High School. This year, we're hoping to expand our outreach to more than one high school and have already heard positive feedback from at least one more school.

Being a relatively new organization on campus, we have a lot of opportunity to do things big and do things right, which is what we're currently striving to do. We have a lot of big things planned for our campus and our community! One way is through our percentage nights at local venues, bars and restaurants in Athens that serve the dual purpose of getting our name out AND getting funds for transportation costs to and from the high schools, meeting essentials (can't forget the pizza!) and campus tours for our mentees.
We're really looking for to the growth that's going to happen with Strive at UGA over this next semester and next year. We'll definitely keep you updated!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Site Visits Round 1!

Last week, I had the great fortune to travel on site visits all over the South. It was amazing and so inspiring to spend a week interacting in person with chapters instead of sitting in front of my computer all day at the national office in San Francisco :)

Highlights include:
  • Being present for the very first mentor session at University of Georgia led by the fabulously upbeat Ellie Schultz
  • Savoring the delicious feta fries from the famous "The Grill" in Athens, GA over a productive meeting with the UGA Executive Board
  • Staying up till 3am for a passionate brainstorming session with Jonathan Safron of Vanderbilt, despite the important debate he was scheduled to participate in the next day (what a trooper!)
  • Attending a mentoring session at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC with the University of North Carolina chapter--I was so impressed about how ready for college those students were!
  • Watching more late night Jersey Shore than I've ever seen with Chapter Director Wes Wollard at UNC

Check out more photos from the trip at, username, password "strive" and look out for a video in the next few weeks!

Sofie Janney-Roberts
National Chapters Operation Manager