The College Tee Project creates a college-going culture for students, with
particular attention to first generation and low-income kids, by giving them and their families a
tangible connection to college – a college tee shirt and note from a college grad, along a Pathway to College poster, with helpful information about college preparedness. We also do this at inspiring, memorable and informative school assemblies for them and their parents.
The College Tee Project aims to be the spark that raises parental expectations and inspires
students. The tee shirts will serve as reminders – every time kids put them on or their parents run
them through the wash – of the inspiration they received at their assemblies through the speeches
and notes, and the education they received through the post-assembly reflection exercises and
An important part of the program is writing notes to the students. The students love them!
Nothing fancy is necessary. These notes can be entered on a website through individual
donations, but for a participating organization, a Google Doc spreadsheet can be entered. A few sample notes would be provided on the spreadsheet that can be used either as examples or as templates.