Let's Get Ready

Let’s Get Ready is a registered non-profit organization which provides low-income high school students with free SAT preparation, admissions counseling, and other support services needed to gain admission to and graduate from college. Trained student volunteers deliver these services and offer encouragement, inspiration, and confidence. The program began at Swarthmore in the fall of 2012 and recruited 10 students to participate during this year. Swarthmore students received detailed training on methods of teaching about the math and critical reading/writing sections of the SAT, and how to guide students through the complexity of the college admissions process. The recruitment of Swarthmore students created an opportunity to establish a new program at Upper Darby High School, Delaware County. Student participation consisted of two program coordinators and eight coaches/mentors who committed to coaching one night per week, three hours per night, for a semester, as well as one hour of preparation time per week. The program worked with 25 high school juniors and seniors who have qualifying financial need during the initial year of operation. In its second year, the program recruited 18 students to participate in the fall and 20 students for the spring session. The fall program served 10 young people through the Boys and Girls Club of Chester, PA. During the spring, students returned to Upper Darby High School for a very successful program. Qs? Contact Jennifer Magee (jmagee1).