SAYA Youth Explore Pennsylvania Colleges on Spring Overnight Trip

As part of our college access programming, we take our juniors on a three-day college trip every spring.  This year we went to Philadelphia where we visited Haverford College, Lafayette College, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. The trip was planned so as to include a range of institutions like a small private liberal arts college as well as a diverse urban commuter school.  Youth need exposure to a broad spectrum of options to determine all the factors that should influence their decisions and which ones matter most to them personally.  For example, learning about diversity on a particular campus (or the lack thereof) heavily impacts students' decision making processes.  In addition to the five colleges we visited, youth had time to relax at a local skating rink and visit the Constitution Museum, both of which were welcome interruptions to a packed campus tour.