College Signing Day is Coming to FLOC!

Have you heard about College Signing Day, an effort spearheaded by the First Lady’s office’s Reach Higher initiative to celebrate all young people’s college and career futures with as much pomp and circumstance as athlete college signing decisions?

It’s been going on for a few years now across the country, including right here in DC through DC Public Schools, and this year FLOC is planning a little celebration of our own.

On Monday, May 2nd, we’ll invite each of our 12th Grade Scholars (who have been working incredibly hard this year on applications, financial aid research, scholarship essays, tough decisions, and more… not to mention 12 years of hard work in school and extracurricular activities!) to announce their postsecondary plans for next fall. They’ll make it official in front of their peers, volunteer postsecondary coaches, and a few others in our FLOC community, then we’ll celebrate with some photos, a pizza party, and LOTS of applause.

Here are some of our 12th grade Scholars on a college tour last spring:

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There are a few ways YOU, as a FLOC friend and supporter, can get involved:

  • Share messages of congratulations and support (and even selfies in college gear!) for our Scholars. You can comment on this blog post, tag us (and the #ReachHigher hashtag) in a post on Twitter or Instagram, write on our Facebook wall, or email something to We’ll print out all notes of congratulations and celebration and share them at our celebration next week.
  • We’ll be observing an extended week of college awareness at FLOC as part of this celebration, so ALL staff and volunteers are encouraged to wear college gear to program the week of May 2nd – 7th.

For inspiration, take a look at some FLOC staff, volunteers, and Postsecondary Scholars decked out in college gear at December’s College Night event:

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Thanks in advance for your help congratulating our seniors, and for all you do to support the critical work of celebrating our students’ successes and achievements every step of the way.

(Elizabeth Metz is the Recruitment and Outreach Manager at FLOC.)

Scholars Program, Student Spotlight

Meet Lisbeth, a 12th Grade Scholar

Lisbeth Moreno.jpgLisbeth is a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School, and has been in the FLOC Scholars program since the beginning of her junior year.
This fall she will be a freshman at George Mason University, her top choice, where she plans to major in Government and International Politics.

Each FLOC senior is matched with a postsecondary coach who guides them through the college application process. Lisbeth and her coach Jazmin are certainly a great match! “I think FLOC did a great job pairing us,” Lisbeth said smiling. “Jazmin and I have similar interests and backgrounds; she’s also Latina and came to FLOC as a student, she studied International Affairs at Tufts, and we laugh at the same things.” Lisbeth also said that she has appreciated how Jazmin encouraged her to stay on top of her college and scholarship applications this year.

Lisbeth has many wonderful FLOC memories. The SAT prep that FLOC provided during her 11th grade year helped to increase her scores in all three sections—math, reading, and writing. “I learned new vocabulary, of course, but I also learned how to think through test answers when I came across words or phrases I was unfamiliar with,” she said. During her junior year of high school, Lisbeth went on a spring break college tour with FLOC. “We visited UNC Greensboro, Radford, and VCU, which were three of the schools I applied to,” she recollected. The college tour not only proved helpful in the college decision process itself, but also provided Lisbeth with an opportunity to make lasting friendships with other FLOC students.

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With graduation just around the corner, Lisbeth is excited for college and all of the new opportunities that come with it.

(Samantha Bailey is the Bilingual Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator at FLOC.)