Students get early start at college preparation


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Many middle school students aren’t thinking about college just yet, but an event on Saturday gave them the opportunity to do so.

It was all part of the Emerging Young Leaders Community Youth Summit. The event was for sixth to eighth-grade students and was put on by the Chi Phi Omega chapter. The summit focused on character building, leadership skills and planning for college.

Group vice president Casarae Gibson said research shows now is the best time for kids this age to start thinking about their future.

“If we get them to learn about college now, at an earlier age, we’ll know what they want to be, and we’ll also continue to provide them with information that they need to know in order to know how to apply for college,” said Gibson.

Students were also able to ask and learn general details, such as the costs and application process for different schools. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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