On Friday, March 16 2018, St. John’s University Staten Island campus celebrated another chapter of its 30,000 Degrees: College Readiness for a Stronger Staten Island partnership: a new fellowship funded by United Activities Unlimited for St. John’s University School of Education M.S. students in Ralph R. McKee High School.
Candidates for the new School Counseling UAU fellowship affiliated with 30,000 Degrees will be placed in internship opportunities which will include creatively designing one to two classroom guidance sessions per week with the college readiness/career development focus for a group of 15 to 30 high school students over the course of the semester. Ralph R. McKee High School will act as the partner high school and has committed to serving as a site for the graduate fellows. United Activities Unlimited, Inc. (UAU) will recruit students into the UAU Summer Youth Employment Program at Ralph R. McKee fellowship school site. The interns selected will plan, conduct research on, and deliver classroom guidance lessons for the select student group and administer pre- and post- evaluations for each of the lessons, under the guidance of the site supervisor and faculty supervisor.
“Our partnership with United Activities Unlimited gives St. John’s students the chance to make a change where it is needed most in an underserved high school with goals for career readiness. Our Master of Science in Education Counseling program is one of a kind on Staten Island.” said Robert Fanuzzi, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Director of Civic Engagement.
St. John’s University’s Staten Island campus believes college readiness today, creates a stronger Staten Island for tomorrow. Crystal Montalvo, ’07CPS, ’10G, Executive Director of 30,000 Degrees, stated, "As an alumna of the Staten Island campus I am proud of the achievements of the 30,000 Degrees Initiative to date. When we started, Staten Island was ranked 4th out of the 5 boroughs in the percentage of baccalaureate degree holders. It is because of collaborations like this amongst the great educational institutions across Staten Island that we are now ranked 3rd out of the 5 boroughs in the percentage of baccalaureate degree holders.”
About the 30,000 Degrees College Readiness for a Stronger Staten Island initiative
Sponsored by the Northfield Bank Foundation and the Richmond County Savings Foundation, the 30,000 Degrees initiative brings together St. John’s University Staten Island campus, Wagner College and the College of Staten Island/CUNY to increase the number of college graduates from the borough, through neighborhood-based engagement, beginning in high school end extending down the feeder school pipeline. For St. John’s University’s Staten Island campus, the 30,000 Degrees initiative is a concrete expression of our Vincentian mission of service and social action.