SEATTLE/SOUTH KING COUNTY – Students of all ages will be thinking about their interests and reflecting on their futures Wednesday, Oct. 16, as part of the first-ever DiscoverU day. This region-wide effort will build excitement around college and career exploration in 275 schools. Participating districts include Auburn School District, Federal Way Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Kent School District, Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools and Tukwila School District.

“Research shows that when students think and plan for their futures, they do better in school. DiscoverU is designed to help all students — kindergartners through high school seniors – think about how education can help them achieve their dreams,” said Karen Tollenaar Demorest, vice president of programs for the Alliance for Education, an organization supporting DiscoverU.

As part of DiscoverU, educators will do the following during the school day:

  • Wear college gear
  • Talk to students about their educational or career pathway, what it was like and how they found their way
  • Provide fun and engaging activities to help students think about their futures

Community partners are also participating in DiscoverU and will continue the momentum into after-school programming. Organizations working directly with students are invited to pledge to participate in DiscoverU by visiting

DiscoverU will serve as the kickoff to a year’s worth of events/efforts, including the Road Map to College campaign, an annual cycle of events and support for high school seniors. College Application Completion Events will begin across the region in October.  Students attending these events can get support applying to community, technical and 4-year colleges; receive one-on-one writing support to develop and review their admission essays; consult with college reps and experts to help complete and submit applications; and enjoy free access to computers, printers and internet.

DiscoverU is being organized by the Seattle College Access NetworkSouth King County College Access NetworkRoad Map Project and participating school districts.  Many more partner organizations have come together to make the Road Map to College campaign a success, including the Puget Sound Educational Service District, Dream Project and Youth Development Executives of King County.

More information about DiscoverU, including sample activity lesson plans and helpful videos, can be found at


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