Game Plan: College provides free information, advice and support designed to help high school students plan for and pursue their educational and career goals beyond high school. Through workshops, advising, and special events, students gain the knowledge and skills they need to identify their best-fit college or postsecondary option. Our Game Plan: College team is dedicated to ensuring that all students have the support they need to achieve the futures they envision.
All Game Plan: College programs and services are free and open to high school students who reside in Durham County. The program targets students who come from families with unmet financial need, students who will be the first in their families to attend college, or students who are members of a traditionally underrepresented racial group.
Many students are first introduced to Game Plan: College through a workshop held at their school or at the Emily K Center. Our workshops are designed to address the specific college access needs of high school students at varying points in their high school careers and can be tailored to any audience. Typical workshop topics include:
Building a four-year plan
The college-career connection
Building a leadership profile
College match and fit
Understanding and navigating the college admissions process
Paying for college
Interested in hosting a workshop at your school or community group? Please contact us!
Designed to assist students who want more support on their postsecondary journey, one-on-one advising sessions are offered virtually, with plans to resume in-person sessions when it is safe to do so. Students can set up an appointment with our professional college access staff to discuss a variety of college access topics including:
Creating a college list
Completing a college application
Navigating the financial aid process
Writing college essays
Selecting a college
Completing the college enrollment process
One-on-one advising sessions are offered free of charge, and there is no minimum or maximum number of sessions required.
Do you have general questions about scholarships? These scholarship basics can help you learn how to maximize opportunities. Remember, it’s never too early to start looking for scholarships! Click here for a list of different scholarships. You can also browse the scholarship sites below to maximize your search. Ready to discuss options or want feedback on a scholarship essay? Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with our team.
Interested in volunteering, pursuing a hobby, or exploring something new this summer? Summer enrichment opportunities are fun, invaluable experiences that can add to your college applications. These programs range in locations, topic, and time frame. Check out these links to find a summer program for you!
Christina joined the Emily K Center in 2019 as a postsecondary access advisor with Game Plan: College, bringing more than five years of experience with direct college-access work in both urban and rural settings. Today, Christina oversees our Game Plan: College program as our director of postsecondary access. She earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Favorite late-night college snack: Hot Cheetos and coffee Favorite subject: Math
Henry joined the Emily K Center team in September 2021, serving as a postsecondary access advisor with Game Plan: College. Henry is well-positioned to help students with their college goals having earned his B.S. from St. Augustine’s University and his MPA from North Carolina Central University. He is also currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Walden University.
Henry works with the following high schools: Durham School of the Arts, Northern High School, and Riverside High School.
Favorite late-night college snack: Cool Ranch Doritos Favorite college course: History of Black Cinema
Cindy joined the Emily K Center and our Game Plan: College team during the summer of 2022. In her role as postsecondary access advisor, Cindy works closely with area high schools to help students identify and pursue their best-fit postsecondary options. Cindy earned her B.A. from East Carolina University.
Favorite book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck Favorite college course: Gender in Gamer Culture and Abnormal Psychology
Ryana joined the Emily K Center team during the summer of 2022 in the role of postsecondary access advisor. Ryana earned her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at Duke University.
Favorite school supply: Yearly planner Best advice ever received about education: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela