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Finding confidence to head to college

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Danny Le is like many students facing big decisions. The transition from high school to college can be a big change.

"I would have a huge responsibility. I have to take care of myself, I can't afford to go to my parents anymore. And I actually want to feel I have that experience for once," said Danny Le, a high school student joining the program.

Danny and 25 other students are part of the Imagine Program hosted by Champlain College. This 6-day course aims to increase the number of underserved-community high school students entering colleges.

"Helping students start thinking about college earlier. Helping them figure out what their majors would be, what they will be good at. Helping them navigate the college process, helping them see that college can be fun," says Ame Lambert of Champlain College.

The program specifically targets students that would be first generation college graduates in their families, students of color, and students with financial struggles.

Sebastian Ivory is a student mentor helping with the program. This high schooler came all the way from North Carolina hoping to make a difference. He thinks hearing about the benefits of college from another high schooler will have a bigger impact.

"I felt a real connection with these students because though I've always been sure I'm going to college, I'd really like to put my passion for college onto another student," said Ivory.

Students in the program experience dorm life, practice communication and leadership skills, try out college courses, and meet academic and financial advisers.

"it just touches me that students want to give up part of their summer to enhance their education," said Ivory.

Danny Le hopes that although college may be a big step from staying at home, this program will be his start at earning a degree in secondary education.

"hopefully this program will provide me with some sense of what an actual college is," said Le.

As well as the tools to succeed once he gets there.

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