College Day Experience

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Experiencing College

How do you excite young people about the prospects of going to college? Give them firsthand experience. College Day Experience at Springfield College

Every year, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation makes the concept of college a reality for hundreds of at-risk youth through our College Day Experience. Young people venture outside of their communities and get personal exposure to all higher education has to offer.

The College Day Experience enforces life lessons taught in our year-round youth development interactive programs. Core activities include:

  • A campus tour
  • Guest speakers and special presentations
  • Foundation-led educational and athletic activities
  • Interaction with student athletes
  • Opportunities to discuss avenues toward higher education

Since 2011, we’ve visited 35 partner colleges and universities such as American University, Mississippi State University, University of North Carolina, and Ohio State University.  To learn how you can sponsor a College Day Experience or get involved, email

Only 1 in 10 youth from low-income families achieve a four-year degree or higher by age 23-24.

- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
kids and mentors around lock haven university sign
College Day Experience at Lock Haven University

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