Program in downtown Louisville is getting kids to college

Program in downtown Louisville is getting kids to college
Louisville Urban League’s Director of Youth Development and Education Lawrence Wilbon (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Louisville Urban League’s Director of Youth Development and Education Lawrence Wilbon (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kirk Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kirk Miller (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Louisville Urban League is making sure every kid has a shot at college with their program called "Project Ready."
 
Between SATs, ACTs, college applications and financial aid, the process can be overwhelming for a student who is applying to college, but especially for students who don't always have support.
 
Louisville Urban League's Director of Youth Development and Education Lawrence Wilbon said the most important part of their program is support from leaders who have done it themselves.

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"From being raised by a single parent, being in area where crime is being increased but that path of uncertainty of 'whether I'm going to college' or 'what are my next steps in life' having individuals, I call them believable heroes who have actually been through the same thing you've been through and be able to tell their story and they've survived. I think that helps a young person succeed," Wilbon said.   
 
Their most recent success story is Central High School student Kirk Miller. Miller said he never had college on his mind until he joined the LUL's program.
 
"When I came here my sophomore year, it's really what they drill into your head - college, your future, job interviews - so that really played a key part in where I wanted to go," Miller said.

Miller was recently accepted to Morehouse College, a historically black college in Georgia. He plans to study business and go on to get his Master's in Business Administration.

"We take them on college trips so we can do college visits, we talk about financial aid process, the college application process," Wilbon said.
 
There is no cost associated with joining Project Ready as it's funded through the National Urban League and other organizations in Louisville. Any student is eligible, but 8th grade is an ideal age to start the program.

To learn more about the program, click here.
 
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