SCC to Host College Exposure Event for Foster Youth on March 2


Burlington, IA - Southeastern Community College (SCC) will host the second annual Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP) conference, themed Defy Gravity on Saturday, March 2, at the West Burlington campus. Young House Family Services will serve as co-host.

AMP is a statewide group with the goal of showing youth in Iowa's foster care system their full potential for personal growth. Dozens of teenagers have registered to participate in the daylong conference.

The mini-conference is intended to empower the youth and help them prepare for their future.

"Many would be first generation college students, and we hope the seeds are planted for them to continue their education," Jan Shelman, Program Director of Family Based Services at Young House states. "I hope they say, 'Hey, SCC has all of these cool programs. I want to go here.'"

The day will kick off with a message about seizing opportunities from keynote speaker Paisley Dunn, radio personality of local stations The Bull and The Mix. The teens will then participate in activities that allow them to strengthen their communication and creative thinking skills before taking a tour of the college.

Jared Reed, PACE Lead Navigator and coordinator of the event, says the goal is for the teenagers to leave the conference with increased confidence.

"We want the kids to feel empowered to defy anything holding them back," he says. "To discover their own potential. To break through and be successful in college and in life."

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