OPRAH WINFREY’s Teavana® Oprah Chai Tea To Benefit Pathways to College

Long time supporter and friend of Pathways to College, Oprah Winfrey, announced that Pathways will benefit from the sale of her newest ‘Favorite Thing,’ Teavana® Oprah Chai, a new tea developed by Winfrey in collaboration with Starbucks. Ms. Winfrey, a global advocate of educational opportunities for children said, “Pathways to College … provides motivated teens with the … guidance and support to be the best high school students they can be (and) the best college applicants.”

Oprah Winfrey has been affiliated with Pathways since its inception. Among other gifts, she made possible the publication of Pathways to College: An Explorer’s Guide, a comprehensive college preparation guidebook written by Pathways for students in grades 8-12.

During the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting in Seattle, Ms. Winfrey acknowledged Pathways to College’s success working with motivated, first generation college applicants in struggling school districts. She announced that Pathways to College is one of four non-profits supporting youth education that will share in the proceeds from sales of the tea. Teavana® Oprah Chai will be sold in Starbucks and Teavana® stores across the U.S. and Canada starting April 29.

“This generous gift will be used to broaden our reach, add new schools and help many more motivated students enter and graduate from college,” said Judith Berry Griffin, founder and president of Pathways to College.

First piloted in 1994 and incorporated as an independent non-profit in 2003, Pathways has served some 2,500 students directly and thousands more have been impacted indirectly at our program sites. One hundred percent of Pathways to College graduates have been accepted to one or more colleges.

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Newark, NJ Scholars’ Tour Colleges and visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

Some Scholars outside of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Scholars visiting Howard University

Scholars participate in an interactive exhibit inside the museum

On May 23-24, 2018, 50 Pathways to College Scholars and their teachers from Newark’s Arts, East Side and West Side High Schools participated in an overnight college tour and visit to the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. They were the second group of Pathways students to visit: the first group, from New Haven, CT, visited Washington in December 2017.

Soon after their arrival in Washington, Scholars toured the campuses of both Howard University and Catholic University of America, later discussing the two tours during an enjoyable pizza reception.

Scholars spent the entire next day exploring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with their teachers and Pathways Program Director Marvin Towler, where they were greeted by Pathways President Judith Berry Griffin. Highlights of the visit included the Oprah Winfrey Theater, an exhibit on Emmett Till, and lunch at the museum’s Sweet Home Café. As they boarded the bus for their trip home, the students expressed their appreciation both for the college visits and the extraordinary opportunity to explore the museum. Many expressed the hope that students everywhere might take advantage of a virtual tour of the museum to fully educate themselves about the nation’s history and prepare to become leaders, at all levels, personally and professionally.

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