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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Scholars recent visit to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.  Washington DC.

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Pathways to College Scholars presented on Monday, January 22, 2018 at a meeting of the New Haven (CT) Public Schools Board of Education. The Scholars’ purpose was providing Board members a firsthand report of the group’s December 2017 trip to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, and to the campuses of both American and George Washington Universities.

Program Director Marvin Towler first thanked the Board for supporting Pathways. He spoke of our successes within both Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross High Schools before handing over the presentation to Jason, a senior at Wilbur Cross. Jason spoke of the honor and privilege of having this extraordinary opportunity to travel with other Scholars to Washington, DC.  He shared his impressions of the colleges visited, but spoke most feelingly of the impact the Museum visit had on him personally as he witnessed, through real-life exhibits, the value of the deep and profound contributions made to our country by African Americans.  Comments made after the trip by all the Scholars underscored the need for students everywhere to fully educate themselves about the nation’s history as they prepare themselves to serve in leadership roles, at all levels, personally and professionally.

The presentation concluded as Mr. Towler distributed color photos of the group in front of the Museum. The same photograph has been sent to the New Haven Public Schools for inclusion on their website.

Afterward, Superintendent Mayo, several members of the Board of Education and representatives of the New Haven community expressed their congratulations and appreciation to Pathways to College for providing such a memorable opportunity for the Scholars, and for the organization’s ongoing work in the district.