Du Pont Youth is a nonprofit supporting high school guidance departments by providing personalized research and communication that improve outcomes for all students, especially first-generation youngsters.
Our work makes the time a counselor spends with a student targeted and productive, and allows counselors to focus on high value interactions.
Assess student records to identify accessible colleges and possible career paths
Create an individualized application plan for each student
Provide students and families with checklists and timetables for financial aid
Assist with FAFSA preparation
Produce a detailed plan for first generation students to survive and succeed in their first year of college
Finishing High School With a Plan
For students who are assigned to us as middle schoolers or as ninth, tenth, or even eleventh graders, we begin with an evaluation of both the work that the student has completed and what your school offers.
No Talent Lies Latent
No Talent Lies Latent is a special program for students with strong talent or interest in the Arts. The program is inspired by DuPont fellow Austin Dean Ashford, a Kennedy Center Honor recipient who dropped out of high school but later achieved a Ph.D. in the Arts. Use Learn More to enjoy an excerpt of the play for which he was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor.
Applying to Colleges
In this area, we supply a background communication to each student with a typical calendar urging students to be very careful to follow it. Then we update each student about testing dates for the SAT and ACT, if these are required, application deadlines for special consideration for admissions such as early action, requirements for college essays and letters of recommendation to complete the Common App and much more. Click Learn More to see a student sample.
Searching for a Career
"Follow your heart!" is often heard when asking others how they choose their future. While we respect this notion, we use a highly- recommended suite of assessments to provide students with the personal insight that will help them confidently leverage their strengths, plan an educational path, and set career goals. We caution students to remember that the great majority of us change our major after we begin college.
Click Learn More to see our communication with a student and instructions as the use of O Net Online.
Pursuing Financial Aid
Schools and other organizations often offer presentations and workshops to students and their families. DuPont Youth can communicate the importance of the FAFSA and locate dates and times for these workshops and presentations.
Click Learn More to see a sample of what we use to communicate with a student and their family.
Surviving and Succeeding
in their First Year of College
Frequently du Pont Youth will refer to these students as unanchored meaning that they have no adult in their home who has applied to or attended college. To anticipate some of the situations that these students will need to navigate, we have created a guide that will help. It is by no means all-inclusive, but should form the basis for others to add to the plan.