Nearly all of EVYP’s students are first-generation college students. To ensure they build a supportive network, EVYP reaches out directly to our students’ families to help make them aware of the importance of a college education and the need for early preparation in order to be successful. To achieve this, EVYP’s Family Support Program has three components: parent orientation, parent workshops and parent social events.
Each year, EVYP provides a parent orientation for the parents of high school students. At this orientation parents receive information on the requirements of EVYP’s programs, the timeline for the year and information on any involvement that is needed from them at EVYP or home. The orientation is provided in English and Spanish.
Throughout the year, EVYP hosts workshops for the families of our students. These workshops are designed to help support our students’ academic and professional goals. Topics will include FAFSA and general financing of college, the college application process, choosing the right college, how to support children who have chosen out-of-state schools and other issues that become relevant throughout the year. If additional information is needed, parents are able to set up one to one meetings with program staff.
At EVYP we create a welcoming environment for our students where they can always come for guidance or a quiet place to study. We work to extend this to the parents. As such, EVYP hosts social events for our students and their families.