Dream on Purpose hosts two-day college readiness workshop

Press release from Dream on Purpose

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fifth annual Cupcakes & Conversations: College Discoveries will take place Aug. 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alachua County Public Library (headquarters) and on Aug. 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom.

WHAT: Middle and high school students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to attend Cupcakes & Conversations: College Discoveries, a two-part workshop series dedicated to sharing information about the college experience.

On Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from keynote speaker Dr. Carjie Scott with the Education Equalizer, ask questions of a panel of college students as they share their campus experience, and engage with campus admissions and financial aid experts. On Sunday, attendees will interact with local college resources on the topics of campus safety, budgeting for college, housing/residence life, benefits offered via the military, and more.

– Aug. 20th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
– Aug. 21st from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Respectively,
– Alachua County Public Library (401 E. University Ave., Room A)
– Online via Zoom

There will be opportunities for attendees to receive a free resource kit and win cool, college prep giveaways. In order to qualify, one must register in advance at https://2022collegediscoveries.eventbrite.com and be between the ages of 11-18. For questions, email info@dreamonpurpose.org.

WHO: This event is brought to you by Dream on Purpose, in partnership with the Community Foundation of North Central Florida, the Greater Gainesville Chamber, the Education Foundation of Alachua County, the Education Equalizer, Santa Fe College, and MTE Publishing. Cupcakes & Conversations: College Discoveries is sponsored by the United Way of North Central Florida, the Wagmore Foundation and Trinity Assembly Dream Center.

Speakers, include:
Aug. 20th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
– Carjie Scott, EeD – The Education Equalizer – Keynote Speaker
– Terrell Jenkins – Santa Fe College – College Admissions
– Tatila Brock-Paul – The Education Foundation of Alachua County – Financial Aid
– Christal Wilson – University of Florida student – College Panel
– Bryana Samuel – University of Florida student – College Panel
– Odessone Charles – University of Florida student – College Panel
– Kiona Cobb – University of Florida student – College Panel
– Alaya Green – Santa Fe College student – College Panel

Aug. 21st from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
– Officer Sarah Howard – Santa Fe College Police Department – Campus Safety
– Sandra Torres-Pintos, M.Ed, USMC – Santa Fe College – Resource Fair: Military Pathways
– Lara Wilson – First Federal Bank of Florida – Resource Fair: Budgeting for College
– Temetria Hargett – University of Florida – Resource Fair: Housing & Residence Life
– Nasseeka Denis – Aces in Motion – Resource Fair: Financial Aid

About Dream on Purpose:
Dream on Purpose is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit, dedicated to empowering youth, with a specific focus on girls between the ages of 11-18, to actualize their dreams by connecting them with local resources through interactive workshops and promoting positive socialization through structured forums. Through our signature program, Cupcakes and Conversations, Dream on Purpose gives young girls a structured voice, a collective forum for positive dialogue and an opportunity to engage in a multi-tiered system of resources – just for them. For more information on Dream on Purpose, visit dreamonpurpose.org.