ST. PAUL (Nov. 26, 2012) — When Pa Lor graduated from Carleton College in 2011 she knew exactly what her dream job was: serving students with College Possible Twin Cities, so she could give others like her a chance to earn a college degree.
“Without College Possible pushing me forward, I would have never aimed as high as I did,” said Lor. “I would never have considered Carleton College an option because I didn’t believe I could ever be successful there, let alone admitted. My coaches pushed me beyond what I thought was ever possible.”
Pa is one of an increasing number of College Possible AmeriCorps members who were once College Possible students themselves. There have been 24 at College Possible Twin Cities since its first group of students graduated from college in 2006. According to program coordinator Zer Vang, Lor’s experience as an alum of the program makes her a powerful and relatable role model to students.
“I’ve been fortunate to have so many mentors in my life through College Possible, and I really see the value of them,” said Lor. “Many students have so much potential and talent, they just need someone to tell them what they can’t see about themselves to believe it!”
Lor is serving her second AmeriCorps term at College Possible as the workshop/volunteer AmeriCorps member, where she organizes volunteer activities for students including Make a Difference Day and Spring Service Days. She is also responsible for organizing workshops for 9th and 10th graders to learn about preparing for college and the resources available to support their success.
“Pa has contributed to College Possible in more ways than I can describe,” said Vang. “Her passion, dedication, and experiences are what drive her to be successful in her role at College Possible and a successful role model to her younger siblings at home. We are genuinely lucky to have her with us!”
Pa’s experiences at College Possible have driven her to continue working with a focus on inequality and poverty. She is considering pursuing a graduate degree in public policy.
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Launched in 2000, College Possible Twin Cities serves 8,600 low-income high school and college age students through its college access and completion programs.
Nationwide, College Possible’s innovative and award-winning model serves nearly 12,000 Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin students in 2012-13 with plans to reach 20,000 students annually in 10 locations across the country by 2020. According to a recent Harvard study, the program more than doubles a student’s chances of enrolling in college. More information at www.CollegePossible.org.