KY (WAVE) - Before college freshman start their first college classes, they go to
the dorms and face a whole new set of problems they may have never faced before.
Executive Director of the Network Center for Community Change realized a change
was needed in the aid that was given to students headed to college. Financial
aid for many is absolutely necessary to get in but they need more.
young people were telling us about their fears about going off to school," said
is not about admission fees. For many low income students with higher education
aspirations it is the simple bare necessities of dorm life and living that are
causing the stress.
where the idea of the College Closet originated. A closet filled with
absolutely everything a first time freshman would need given from the community
to the local youth reaching for their dreams and a higher education.
said, "We're talking higher dollars too and one of the things that the young
people told us was it was easier when you were little."
get to a particular age and a particular size there aren't a lot of back pack
give-a-ways for you.
a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, had to do it on his own. He
explained, "I wish I would have known about it before this year cause it would have
helped me out a whole lot."
now a volunteer, is also the programs biggest cheerleader. He wants the
community to know it's not just elementary and high school kids that need help
getting supplies to be successful, "That's how it's portrayed to us. Kind of
like forgotten. You're college age, you're adults there you go. It's like we're getting sent off but we still
college closet is saying out loud they need help, lots of it.
in great need of extra long twin sheets, large plastic tubs, pillows, detergent
and absolutely anything you think a college student may need.
don't want to shop but you want to help you can send a check written to NC3 College
university has allowed them to use Morrison Hall for collections. You can also call
(502) 583-1426 if you need to shop at the closet.
Friday, July 25 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:20:00 GMT
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