Homeless Teens Take Advantage Of City College Tours


Homeless high school students are getting the opportunity to tour New York City colleges thanks to a $25,000 grant from AT&T and coordinators from WIN Homeless shelters.

According to a recent survey released by the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, 1 in 10 city students live in a shelter or stay with friends or relatives.

Jennifer Raab, president of Hunter College told the New York Post that she was eager to host a tour for WIN shelter residents after Hunter College enrolled Brianna Watts, a homeless teenager who was accepted to 12 colleges.

"We're so aware of how hard it is for any New York City public school students to think about paying for, about applying to college," Raab said. "We're that much more conscious of how hard it is if you don't have a stable living situation."

Students who took advantage of the tours say the experience helped them feel more confident about the enrollment process.

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