FLINT TWP. — Last year, Carman-Ainsworth graduates Jalen Parks (Yale University) and Rani Richardson (University of Pennsylvania) founded the Ivy League Pipeline Program for Genesee County-area students. It is designed to identify and guide high-achieving students interested in attending one of the eight Ivy League schools.
This year, Richardson is teaming up with her sister Randi Richardson (Brown University) and Jelani Taylor (Cornell University). Rani is a 2014 C-A graduate, Randi is a 2016 C-A graduate and Jelani is a 2016 Beecher High School graduate.
Their “Ivy League Colleges” Pipeline Discussion will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30 in the C-A High School Media Center, 1300 N. Linden Road. It is open to all Genesee County students in the sixth through eleventh grade.
The young women will share their personal experiences, perspectives and critical information about how best to prepare for, gain admission and navigate financial aid at Ivy League colleges. For example, for some students, through endowments, the cost of attending an Ivy League College can be less than attending a public/private four-year state college, according to promotional literature for the Pipeline Discussion.
“Unlike many of my classmates, who came to Penn with several of their high school classmates, I am the only person I know of at Penn who is from the Genesee County area,” said Rani Richardson, in an invitational letter to students, parents, teachers and others interested in attending the Pipeline Discussion.
Richardson is entering her senior year at Penn. Taylor and Randi Richardson reported similar one-andonly experiences at that respective colleges, she said.
Last year’s inaugural Pipeline event helped identify students for the program and has begun to thrive, Richardson said. The second event aims to “identify more high-achieving students for this program. We are looking for students who you believe have the academic prowess and some interest in attending an Ivy League college.”
The pipeline program aims to support high-achieving middle school students and high school freshman, sophomores and juniors. The program provides mentoring, academic resources such as study websites, information on how to become qualified to get into competitive schools, advice on the application process, and what the atmospheres at schools like Penn, Cornell and Brown are like. The goal of the program is to increase the number of Genesee County students that apply to and gain acceptance into Ivy League colleges.
“Jelani, Randi and I see this as a way of giving back to our community, broadening the horizons of high-achieving students, and enhancing the culture at our colleges as well,” Randi Richardson said.
There is no cost to attend the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.
For planning purposes, they ask that interested students sign up by May 23. This event is offered by the college students and supported by Recco S. Richardson Consulting, Inc. of Flint.
— Rhonda Sanders