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Connecting Bright Futures to a Rich Past

Scholars in Pathways to College embarked on College and Cultural Trips to continue the after-school program’s rich tradition of immersing students in historically rich environments, where they practice leadership, critical thinking, planning, and communication, with the support of our dedicated teachers. Scholars gained a deeper understanding of key figures who overcame racial barriers and significant allies in the ongoing fight for racial justice, as well as benefitting from experiential learning in the arts and sciences just hours from their homes. 

As 10th grader Vinicius reflected on visiting the Johnson House Historic Site in Philadelphia (PA), “It was cool to be in the same house as some abolitionists and an underground railroad station. 

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Enjoy our video summary above of 2024 College and Cultural Trips, which included the following sites: 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

  • Cheney University of Pennsylvania
  • Jackson State University (MS) 

Other Higher Education Institutions 

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (IL) 
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (IL)
  • Temple University (PA) 

Cultural Sites – Chicago, IL 

  • Black Ensemble Theater: “The Time Machine – A Tribute to the 80s”
  • Chicago White Sox game
  • Navy Pier
  • Scenic journey on the South Shore Line (commuter rail line) from Gary (IN)
  • Shedd Aquarium 

Cultural Sites – Jackson, MS 

  • Jackson State University Tigers women’s and men’s basketball games
  • Northpark Mall 

Cultural Sites – Philadelphia, PA 

  • Revolution and the Founders: History Tour of Philadelphia
  • Johnson House Historic Site and other African American institutions