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Oct. 19, 2018

UA Host Conference to Expand College Access for High School Males

TUCSON, Ariz. — Project Pave the Way, an initiative of the University of Arizona Office of Early Academic Outreach, will a host a conference for young men from local high schools next Monday and Tuesday.

The Young Men's College Conference will be held Tuesday at the Student Union Memorial Center and is meant to increase the number of underrepresented male high school students who intend to pursue a college or university degree.

Close to 300 high school students from several Tucson area high schools will be exposed to college information and undergraduate peer support at the conference, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UA Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd.

Ojalá Systems, a Tucson-based youth rap group, will perform a spoken word and rap set on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Integrated Learning Center, room 120, 1500 E. University Blvd. On Tuesday, they will engage YMCC attendees in poetry workshops on voice and identity, and present their unique sound and empowering message in a short performance.

Project Pave the Way is part of a nationwide effort to increase the number of young men who consider college as a future pathway. The UA Office of Early Academic Outreach launched Project Pave the Way, a UA Student Services Fee-funded initiative, to provide engagement opportunities to undergraduates to impact the local community through college outreach and on-campus events.

Bryant Valencia
UA Office of Early Academic Outreach
520-626-2300 (office)
480-203-5121 (cell)

Rudy B. McCormick III
UA Office of Early Academic Outreach

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