Over the course of the last school year, youth at a CommonBond housing community learned a lot about the importance of higher learning. Every week, youth have answered “College Knowledge” questions, and conducted research — on a famous person, a local college, or the importance of nutrition — in order to hone their research skills. The kids loved this new programming and celebrated their hard work with a visit from the University of Minnesota’s very own Goldy Gopher!
In preparation for Goldy’s visit, the youth designed their own “college-bound” t-shirts. When Goldy arrived, they played team trivia and had their shirts autographed by the mascot. The kids then drew their own “college self.”
Alecia Adney-Hernandez, Advantage Services Coordinator, said “At CommonBond, we believe it’s never too early to start supporting youth in developing higher learning goals!” Her colleague, Tony Khambounmy, a Youth Specialist, added, “It was inspiring and fun to hear about these kids’ hopes and dreams after today’s event!”