College Positive Program
Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College Positive Program
The College Positive Program at UMass Dartmouth is dedicated to helping local youth achieve the dream of a college education by assisting and advising students on the college-bound path. Our efforts are aimed at increasing college enrollment and success for all students by providing them with support and information about college preparation, paying for college, etc. UMass Dartmouth College Positive students volunteer as a part of a service program, representing higher education as they expose youths to college options, resources, and materials to be successful in college exploration. Over the years, our program has achieved this goal through various means on and off campus. Our activities have ranged from providing college tours for middle school children to serving as assistants in guidance offices at local high schools. During the 2011-2012 academic year, ten UMass Dartmouth students are serving as college advisors for 20-40 Durfee High School Seniors. UMass Dartmouth advisors hold workshops on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Durfee High School to closely guide the students through the college application process.
The goal of College Positive is to help youth see college as an attainable option, and provide understanding of the process to get there.
The College Positive Program employs students who receive either Federal Work Study and/or Connections award. Students must have sophomore standing or higher with strong academic skills and an interest in helping youths.
College Positive members are responsible for attending mandatory training sessions and all workshops held at Durfee High School.
If you are interested in joining our College Positive program or for more information contact:
Who can be a College Positive Program member?
Students with a Federal Work Study or Connections award can apply. Students must also be of sophomore standing or higher with strong academic skills and interest in helping high school students through the college application process.
What responsibilities does a College Positive member have?
Students are responsible for attending mandatory training sessions and all workshops held at Durfee High School.
How will College Positive members get to Durfee High School?
Transportation is provided by the program. The bus leaves from LARTS basement entrance.
What are the benefits of being a College Positive member?
In addition to the excellent experience, students have the opportunity for training for future employment as well as a great resume builder. Members are paid an hourly rate of $10.
How do I apply to be a College Positive member?
Applications are accepted at the beginning of each semester. Members who are hired in the Fall semester may work the entire academic year, if their class schedule permits. In addition to the application, a CORI background check will be performed prior to the start of any work.