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Wake libraries offer one-on-one coaching for teens considering what's next after high school

Posted October 19, 2020 8:16 p.m. EDT
Updated October 21, 2020 5:42 p.m. EDT

Wake County Public Libraries is offering one-on-one coaching for teenagers who are contemplating what's next after high school.

The free, one-hour virtual conversation with a librarian can cover college awareness, available resources, financial aid and scholarship information, application guidance, school selection assistance, college essay tips and interviewing skills, according to a press release.

The program is an extension of "Level Up: To College and Beyond," a series of free, virtual programs that the library system launched this summer. Nearly 350 students took advantage of it. To test run the one-on-one appointments, librarians worked with students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of American and Southeast Raleigh Promise.

“Students were really impressed by the resources available to them, especially those focused on finding scholarships, and some have already made follow-up appointments to learn more,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries, in the release. “We look forward to serving more students and helping them to navigate the sometimes-challenging next steps after high school.”

In addition to the one-on-one programs, the library also will continue to offer other virtual programs focused on next steps after high school. Upcoming sessions include how to write a great college essay, what changes have been made to the SATs and ACTs and standardized test prep.

The one-on-one sessions take place via Zoom. Teens can sign up for the program via the library's website.