Game Plan: College

Game Plan: College is now accepting advising appointments.
If you would like to schedule a time to meet with one of our Postsecondary Access Advisors, please click here to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in appointments are also available Monday through Thursday from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m., however we strongly recommend scheduling an appointment to ensure that an advisor is available.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 29: FAFSA Night
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Program Description

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 post-secondary option, and work with a team dedicated to ensuring they have the support they need to achieve the future they envision. 

Students begin their involvement with Game Plan: College in one of three ways: 1) through a workshop or event held at their school; 2) through a workshop or event held at the Emily K Center; or 3) through an initial intake meeting designed to identify each student’s needs and goals. Led by Emily K Center’s professional staff and supported by the program’s Teen Ambassadors (trained high school students) and Near Peer Mentors (trained college students), Game Plan: College students receive information in key areas of college access, including:

- goal setting,
- college knowledge,
- building a four-year plan, 
- the college-career connection,
- building a leadership profile, 
- college match
- standardized testing, and 
- understanding and navigating the college admissions process.

In addition, high school seniors receive one-to-one advising and hands-on help with:

- creating their college list,
- completing their college application
- completing their financial aid applications,
- writing their college essays,
- selecting a college, and
- completing the enrollment process.

For more information, read our program FAQ



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. 

Students and their parents are welcome to attend any workshop listed on the Game Plan: College program calendar, or may drop in during office hours to receive one-on-one advising or support. If you plan to attend open office hours or a workshop, we encourage you to let us know you plan to be in attendance by clicking the “RSVP” link for the date and event you plan to attend in the program calendar.

Educators, community members, or other youth-serving organizations may contact us to have a workshop scheduled for your group by completing this form.


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