You U.
10th, 11th, and 12th-graders
Tackle college selection, Purpl™style

Choosing a college is the opportunity of a lifetime—when else do you get to choose a community of your peers to spend four years with? Don’t wait until the end of 11th grade (or the beginning of 12th!) to start thinking about which colleges are right for you!

This workshop will provide a way to explore the many aspects of college selection. Participants will leave the class empowered with a better understanding of the college experience and their own expectations and inclinations, as well as a starter list of colleges that fit their personalities and goals.

Sarah Silbert Hinawi, EdM, will lead the class. She is the Co-Founder, Director and Chief Learning Officer of Purpl. This work stems from a long career in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, focusing on human development and specifically programs that support individuals’ ability to actualize their potential and be self-directed in their learning and work. Sarah has worked in the field of education and student success for more than ten years; she has been instrumental in the growth and success of a number of national and international student-centered programs, including the Columbia University TeenScreen Program, LitWorld, and the College Board’s college and career-planning curriculum, CollegeEd. She has served on the Board of the Institute for Democratic Education in America and the Next Generation Committee for the Association of Small Foundations, and recently served as a Leadership Expert in Residence at TED. Her new model for leadership in the gig economy is the topic of a TED talk and a book that is currently in development. She facilitates peer to peer mentorship groups and consults with organizations to help founders, independent workers, students and organizational staff develop the competencies to thrive in the new world of work by being Self-Led.

Sarah will lead the group in unique activities and discussions that get to the heart of what college selection should be about. Teens will enjoy a chance to get to know each other, and themselves, and think about the fun of college apart from the high-stakes, high pressure topics of test scores and admissions.