College and Career Access Programs
Julie Bolduc DeFilippo, MSW
Government & External Affairs and Community Outreach
The Aspire Institute forges external relationships that advance knowledge, practice, and mission while addressing community priorities related to college and career access.
We believe that by creating a pipeline of early exposure, a strong college pathway can be laid to support the necessary awareness, inquiry and reflection needed to successfully prepare college-ready youth and families.
Current College Access Programs
Early College and Career Access Tours and Activities
4th Grade - 10th Grade
Students have the opportunity to tour Wheelock's campus with one of our Early College Access Associates (ECAA). Our ECAAs are Wheelock students who explain where students like to eat, sleep and study. After the tour, your students will participate in an activity tailored to their needs. Activities include: College Experience Panels, Financial Aid and Admissions Discussions, a Mock Class, One Hen Workshop on Social Entrepreneurism, and more!
STEM in the City Summer Camp
Rising 8th and 9th Graders
Each day of this fun and innovative camp combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classroom lab activities with an excursion to a Greater Boston-area STEM company, organization, or field site. Campers are exposed to college life and academics through campus tours and discussions with college students, faculty, and staff. STEM in the City allows campers to explore a variety of subjects in a relaxed, fun, and creative setting that allows them to develop and strengthen their interest in STEM fields while building bonds with their peers.
Write Now @ Wheelock Summer Camp
Rising 8th, 9th and 10th Graders
This creative writing camp combines writing workshops led by writing faculty at Wheelock College with field trips to literary sites in the city of Boston. Campers will engage with fiction, essays, poetry, and plays. They will create visual literary forms like collage, erasure, and graphic novels, as well as experiment with bookmaking and paper circuitry.
College and Career Pathways on Wheels by Wheelock College
The Truck will be designed and outfitted to be used year-round to travel throughout communities bringing critical early college access resources to those whose access has been limited.
College and Career Pathways on Wheels will travel to identified neighborhood sites including community centers, schools, museums, fairs, playgrounds, sporting events and out of school time programs; and offer a unique program to ensure the college and career conversation is active in all communities.
Activities will include but not be limited to:
- The College Dialogue (Panels staffed by faculty, staff, and students)
- Financial Literacy and Social Entrepreneurism workshops
- One-on-One conversations with admissions and/or financial aid representatives
- Mock college courses and conversations with faculty
- Traveling STEM activities
- Exposure to information on careers
- Mobile MakerSpace
Thank you to our generous funders: The Sylvia Earl Innovation Award