Parents of new 11th graders often ask, "Is it too early to think about college?" Our response is, "Not at all. If anything, you're behind by at least one year, if not two!" Universities and colleges, particularly in the United States, evaluate more than just academics. Their criteria include extra-curricular activities, aptitude tests, such as, ACT or SAT, recommendation letters, leadership qualities, community service, and others. Since there is no entrance exam for these coveted institutions, how do they decide whom to accept?
The admissions committees evaluate both the tangible and intangible aspects of a student's application. The former are the measurable factors: grades, ACT or SAT score, AP grades, if applicable, among others.
The admissions committees first consider the scores in all areas - the tangibles: academic grades, ACT or SAT score, Advanced Placement scores, if applicable. Without these, it's likely your application will be relegated to the "other" bin. While tangibles or the objective criteria get you to the door of your dream college, by themselves they cannot get you inside the door!
Colleges expect answers to two very important questions in the admissions process:
1. Has the candidate challenged himself or herself beyond the normal expectations to be able to succeed in college?
2. Has he or she demonstrated leadership, empathy and sense of community to stand out among the peers?
Uwezo's College Prep:Peace of Mind™ helps students answer both questions in the affirmative. While this program already boasts the best ACT and SAT Prep, what sets it apart are the intangibles that will get you inside that mystical door: internships, debating and elocution, book club, career counselling, innovation chamber, leadership activities and community building.
A group of 9th and 10th graders adopted a government school in Janawada, in Shankerpalli Mandal, and installed solar panels to help run the computer lab without any power interruption. Their efforts included not only raising the requisite funds, but also researching into the best solution at the most affordable price. Now, the computers run 24x7, thanks to our young PoM Leaders. Can kids as young as 14-15 years old make such a difference to people's lives? At Uwezo, apparently they do!
When they found out that a small village was being forced to consume contaminated water, a group of 9th and 10th graders decided to take action. The team raised over Rs 1,50,000 and purchased a water purifier machine. They worked with the Sarpanch, who built a room to house the system as well as provided electrical connection. The families can now purchase water from this new setup at one-fourth the cost of buying from regular stores. Can kids as young as 14-15 years old make such a difference to people's lives? At Uwezo, apparently they do.
A few 10th and 11th graders got inspired after watching Mr. Arunachalam Muruganantham's invention of a low cost sanitary napkins maker. Since then, they have raised Rs.1,50,000 toward a goal of Rs. 4,50,000. Their vision is to purchase a machine and sell it to local napkin suppliers at a lower cost, which would be passed on to the end users. The team needs to pay salaries to the two or three women needed to operate the machine while also accounting for the variable costs. Several sub-teams have been formed to execute the different aspects of the project, such as, distribution, marketing, and educating the masses. Can kids as young as 14-15 years old make such a difference to people's lives? At Uwezo, apparently they do.
A group of science oriented kids is working on designing a drone and make it using 3D printing technology. They will then insert a motor into the frame and let it fly! Another team is working on a design for a space colony, complete with infrastructure, trade, government and public policies, to house 20,000 citizens. They will submit their project to the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest
and compete for an opportunity to attend the 36th Annual International Space Development Conference to be held in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Can kids as young as 14-15 years old make such a difference to people's lives? At Uwezo, apparently they do.
Just recently we read in the newspapers that GHMC was compelled to close down several mutton shops in Hyderabad due to lack of hygienic conditions, as well, as licensing issues. The clairvoyant kids of PoM foresaw this issue very early. A group of 9th and 10th graders surveyed the problem faced by meat vendors and consumers to better understand the issue. Then, they designed a "container" that can house two goat or sheep carcasses while keeping away the flies and insects that cause infection and disease. The customer still gets a clear view through the glass and feels confident that they're getting what they pay for. The PoM students will promote those mutton shops that adopt this invention by advertising them on social media. Win-win! Can kids as young as 14-15 years old make such a difference to people's lives? At Uwezo, apparently they do.