LOS ANGELES, CA-On Saturday, Oct. 25, ormer NFL Star Nnamdi Asomugha and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix co-hosted the first ever ACTS College Summit for high school juniors and seniors at the Foundation Center in Los Angeles, CA. The summit welcomed over 300 guests, who were treated to a day of college-focused activities, all free of charge.
“Education has always been important to both Allyson and myself, and we realize that for one reason or another, not every young person in our community sees college as a viable option,” said Nnamdi. “With the College Summit, we set out to inspire and motivate local high school students to pursue higher education, while also providing them with the tangible tools and knowledge to make it a reality. We were absolutely thrilled with the enthusiastic turnout, and to see so many young people in the community taking advantage of the opportunities we were able to offer.”
The summit kicked off with a panel discussion featuring Nnamdi, Allyson and Kaedion Wynter, a senior at UCLA, and ACTS Alumna. The panel was moderated by Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (NFL Network, NBC’s American Ninja Warrior), and focused on their personal experiences with the college application and selection process, balancing college and their other responsibilities, and college in general.
Students were also invited to attend a series of breakout sessions hosted by experts on college admissions and preparedness that took place throughout the course of the day. The sessions focused on important topics such as ‘Acing Your College Apps and Essays,’ ‘What You Need to Know About Financial Aid,’ and ‘Choosing the Right College For You.’
Throughout the day students also had the opportunity to browse a College Fair attended by representatives from nearly 30 top local and national colleges and universities, including Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and NYU, as well as local community colleges, to name a few. Also in the College Fair were a group of former ACTS Scholars who were on-hand to offer advice from their own personal experiences, as well as discuss the ACTS program and application process.
In the weeks leading up to the summit, Allyson and Nnamdi paid a few impromptu visits to high schools throughout Los Angeles, where they spoke with students and invited them to attend in person. All students who attended The ACTS College Summit were given a gift bag courtesy of Nike, with a special edition 2014 ACTS College Summit t-shirt, among other items.
ACTS (Asomugha College Tour for Scholars) is a program of The Asomugha Foundation, and was founded by Nnamdi in 2007. ACTS is an annual college tour and 18-month mentorship program dedicated to providing high-achieving high school students from underprivileged communities with the opportunity to visit college campuses around the country. Since the program began, Nnamdi has led over 120 ACTS scholars on trips to colleges and universities in cities throughout the US.