CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Forty-two Yale University alumni have volunteered to teach West Virginian high school students about getting into college at a workshop hosted by West Virginia University Institute of Technology this week.The workshop begins Thursday and ends Sunday. Event organizers expect about 130 students from across West Virginia to participate.The program aims to teach students how to write personal essays for college applications, research post-secondary options, and find financial aid opportunities. Students will also receive training to become "peer leaders."
Events include a keynote address given by Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, and writing sessions between volunteers and about four to six high school students.The Yale Alumni Service Corps recruited volunteers for the event. The workshop marks the first domestic philanthropic volunteer effort staffed by the Corps, which generally serves international charitable causes.The corps worked to organize the four-day event with College Summit, a national nonprofit group that aims to prepare students for success after they graduate from high school.