Cooke Foundation Welcomes Young Scholars
Every year, the foundation brings Young Scholars and their families or chaperones together for an activity-filled weekend the summer before 9th grade to welcome them to Young Scholars Program and the Cooke Foundation community.”Before Welcome Weekend, scholars and families interact primarily with their educational adviser, and so this one person essentially represents the foundation. It’s not until Welcome Weekend that Young Scholars truly feel the comprehensive support system that is the Young Scholars Program: they meet thirteen more educational advisers and Cooke Foundation staff, and they engage with their cohort for the first time. The weekend has an energy that leaves scholars feeling excited and inspired to make the most of all that the program has to offer. I love that at Welcome Weekend, the Young Scholars Program becomes real,” said Anya Good, an educational adviser at the Cooke Foundation.
“Welcome Weekend is our opportunity to welcome our newest Young Scholars to the larger Cooke Scholar community and to help them understand the world of opportunities available to them through the Young Scholars Program. Over the course of the weekend we seek to build a strong bond between the scholars and help their parents and chaperones understand that they are not alone,” said Wes Spence, the events manager at the Cooke Foundation. “In the end, Welcome Weekend is about getting excited to take on the challenges of high school, to explore what makes you tick, and to realize that you have a massive support system that is eager to help you succeed.”
Welcome Weekend takes place the last weekend of June at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Its location is chosen strategically to allow scholars to envision themselves on a college campus.
“It’s greatly enjoyable to spend time with Young Scholars and their parents and witness their introduction to the greater Cooke Foundation community. Over the course of the weekend, scholars begin to realize how the Young Scholars Program can empower them to achieve their goals and make a difference in their communities. Scholars and parents leave the weekend knowing full well that the Cooke Foundation is here to support them in a variety of ways, and it means a great deal to me to get to play a part in this process,” noted Matthew Keys, an educational adviser at the Cooke Foundation.