Telluride Association is committed to offering targeted support and guidance to alumni of our TASS program through their journey through the remainder of high school and into college. We see this support as part of our broader commitment to combating educational inequity, through providing resources otherwise inaccessible or unaffordable to some of our alumni. We also strive to offer alumni programming in tune with TASS’s emphasis on Critical Black and Ethnic Studies and the fostering of African American learning communities. We currently offer annual college prep weekends and a mentorship program and are beginning to explore further programming.
College Prep Weekends
Each fall, we offer two weekends, one at each Telluride branch, for TASS alumni entering their senior year of high school. These weekends are designed to provide information and guidance around the college and scholarship application process, financial aid, and resources for Black students and students of color in college; provide a taste of the college experience and especially of life in our branches; and provide an opportunity to reunite with old friends and meet other TASS alumni. Telluride will cover 50% of travel costs for all TASS alumni and, on request, provides greater to full travel support for students with financial need.
This year’s College Prep Weekends will be:
- Cornell Branch – Ithaca, New York
- Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10, 2017
- Michigan Branch – Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017
- To RSVP: (link forthcoming)
- Sample Weekend Schedule
For additional information, please e-mail email@example.com.
We connect recent TASS alumni with TASS alumni who have established themselves (or are in the process of establishing themselves) in their lives and careers for goal-oriented personal, academic, and professional guidance. As much as possible, we strive to connect mentors and mentees on the basis of academic and professional interests. Given adequate interest, we further arrange mentors and mentees into small clusters, to facilitate resource sharing and exchange of ideas. A small budget is available to facilitate meetings between mentor/mentee and to support mentorship goals.
To request a mentor or to volunteer to mentor a younger TASS alum, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We occasionally organize additional events, designed to develop intergenerational community between TASS alumni and to foster public forums in Critical Black and Ethnic Studies. In May 2016, for example, we hosted “Black Study, Black Study: Student Movements in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter,” a day-long workshop in New York City. Encouraged by the robust discussions and high enthusiasm around this most recent event, we are exploring further programming in this vein.
In the process of constructing workshops and mentoring, we have created and come across quite a few resources helpful to the application process and to the transition from high school to college.
- College Application and Essay Workshop
- Student Resume Template
- Interview Questions to Consider
- Interviewing Tips
- Financial Aid for College
- Some Scholarship Opportunities
- Gates Millenium Scholars Presentation
- Future Telluride Opportunities for TASS Alums