Get Savvy! College Readiness Summit for K-8 Grade Families

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University of Southern California

Mark Taper Hall of Humanities

3501 Trousdale Pkwy.

Los Angeles, CA 90089

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It’s never too early to plan for your child’s future success!

Join us for a morning panel and afternoon small group workshops with experts in college placement, financial planning, and education. Students attending with their parents will have the opportunity to tour USC and participate in their own workshop. The morning panel is free for all attendees (limited to 200 participants). There is a fee for the afternoon parent workshops. Student workshops and tours are free (limited to 40 participants); afternoon parent workshop attendance is limited to 50 participants in each workshop. Box lunch is included with afternoon parent and student workshop registration. REGISTRATION CLOSES APRIL 26 AT 6:00 PM.

Morning Panel - 9:00 am - 10:15 am

The morning panel will cover general topics related to college readiness. Our panelists are experts in their field and will share important insight on what K-8th grade families need to do to prepare for college. The panelists for the morning are: Andre Spicer, High School Principal and President of LAUSD Council of Black Administrators; Kylie Sharfner, New York Life Financial Planner, and Ryan Mason, Academic Advisor at Cal State Northridge. Angelina Arrington, Owner of Academic Savvy, will be moderating the discussion

Afternoon Workshops for Parents - 10:45 am - 12 noon

The afternoon workshops are smaller and more intimate, giving attendees an opportunity to ask questions specific to their situation. Each workshop is led by experts in their respective fields and will prove to be enlightening and informative. We will give you the "real deal" on preparing for college admissions and strategizing your finances to be in a better position to pay for college. Choose ONE workshop.

College Readiness: Start Early, Stay Strategic, Attain Success. Mark Lewis, Educational Attainment Services - FOCUSED ON 6TH-8TH GRADE FAMILIES. Times have changed, and college admissions has grown more complex than in years past. Because of this, college planning needs to start early. Mark Lewis will share tips on when to begin and how to map your child's high school courses to put them in the best position for college admissions. This forum will also allow attendees to ask questions and receive straightforward answers from someone who has the "inside scoop" on how to successfully get into the best schools in the U.S.

Financing College 101: A New Approach to Saving and Planning Ahead. Angelina Arrington, Academic Savvy & Kylie Sharfner, New York Life - FOCUSED ON K-8TH GRADE FAMILIES. This workshop, led by Angelina Arrington and Kylie Sharfner, will highlight the importance of prioritizing education as an investment early in your child's academic tenure. We will discuss how seemingly innocuous choices such as car purchases, clothing purchases, and vacations choices influence your ability to plan and pay for college and qualify for financial aid. We will help you begin to think strategically about lifestyle choices while still enjoying the perks and extracurriculars life has to offer, as well as introduce you to alternative ways to save for college.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8:00 am - Registration

8:30 am - Welcome & Introductions / Morning session (parents and students; free)

9:00 am - Parent Panel / Student College Readiness Workshop (free)

10:15 am - Break / Networking

10:45 am - 12 noon - Afternoon Parent Workshops / Student Tour (pre-registration required)

Financial Planning OR College Readiness (choose one)

12 noon - 1 pm - Lunch for Afternoon Workshop Attendees and Student Participants

There will be NO onsite registration for afternoon parent workshops. No payment will be accepted onsite. ALL students MUST be pre-registered and attend with an adult. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Workshop Facilitator and Panelist Bios

Angelina Arrington (panel moderator and workshop facilitator) is a native of Los Angeles where she attended schools rich in diversity. She has earned a B.A. in English from USC, an M.A. in Education from Pepperdine University, a Professional Clear California Teaching Credential, and professional certifications from the Gessell Institute of Human Development and Dr. Mel Levine's “Schools Attuned” program for educators. She is a sought-after dynamic parent educator and teacher coach. Angelina served as the Assistant Head of St. James’ Episcopal School from 2006-2013, playing a key role in placing over 300 sixth graders into the best schools in Los Angeles and leading the school through three headship changes in three years. In 2013, she founded Academic Savvy, an educational consulting firm that works with families and schools in the greater Los Angeles area. From 2013-2015, Angelina returned to the classroom to teach Sixth Grade math to renew her commitment to student success and update her teaching and technology skills.

Mark Lewis (workshop facilitator) is President of Educational Attainment Services (EAS). As a college admissions advisory group dedicated to serving students and families with reasonably priced college advisory services, EAS was created to fill the need for affordable, quality college advising. With over a decade of experience, Mr. Lewis provides quality college admissions assistance to individuals, families, and organizations unfamiliar with the college admissions and financial aid process. He is known for assisting students in gaining admission to highly selective universities. Mr. Lewis earned his B.A. in History from UC Berkely and his M.P.A. in Politics from Harvard University.

Kylie Sharfner (panelist and workshop facilitator) began her career as a financial representative for New York Life after working as an account executive for five years at the one of the largest commercial real estate tech firms in California. It was at this firm that she realized there is a distinct difference between those who have financial education and those who do not. When you have been taught to own property or a business, or how to accumulate several assets as a young person, you tend to make better financial decisions thus creating wealth for your family for generations to come. One of speciality areas is assisting families with college financial planning and matching lifestyle choices with family values.

Andre Spicer (panelist) currently serves as the Principal of Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood, CA. He is also the President of the LAUSD Council of Black Administrators. Mr. Spicer was a former middle school teacher, dean and title one coordinator for the district. He also served in the U.S. armed forces as a Marine.

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University of Southern California

Mark Taper Hall of Humanities

3501 Trousdale Pkwy.

Los Angeles, CA 90089

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