The Native American College Fair was started in 2013 as a way to bring colleges, universities and training programs to Twin Cities Native youth and their families. We provide a setting that allows students to have meaningful conversation with representatives about college life, courses and admission & financial aid requirements.
The Minneapolis and St. Paul Indian Education programs joined the Native American College Fair in 2015. American Indian Family Center, Burnsville–Eagan–Savage School District and Lakeville Area Schools, Ho-Chunk Nation's St. Paul Youth & Learning Center and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities joined in the following years, allowing us to reach hundreds of students, families and community members.
Although we enjoy gathering with you each year in order to protect everyone’s health this year we will not be having an in-person event, instead we have created a website for Native Youth, their families and community members which features information and videos provided by colleges, universities and financial aid opportunities. The website also features videos created by a variety of Native professionals and college students, including a recorded panel of college students discussing their educational experiences. The website can be accessed at https://sites.google.com/view/2020nativeamericancollegefair beginning the morning of Friday, October 9, 2020 and will remain available at least through the end of October.
Offering a virtual college fair has allowed us to reach Native youth, families & community members outside of Minnesota, we would like to welcome all of our new “attendees”. We are also able to offer information on a variety of colleges and universities from throughout the country who may not have been able to participate in an in-person event.
We encourage school and youth program staff to share information about the 2020 Native American College Fair with their students. In addition to the information listed above the website includes resources for students who are preparing for post-secondary education including lists of training opportunities, pre-college experiences and a question guide for students who speak to admissions representatives.
A drawing for five $25 gift cards will take place on Friday, October 16, 2020 for “attendees” who complete a survey that is available on the website. Winners will be contacted by email, and their first name with last initial(s) will be announced on the Native American College Fair Facebook page. Answers from the survey will only be viewable to the Native American College Fair Planning Committee, and will be used to plan future Native American College Fairs.
Although this year's Native American College Fair will be taking place in a different format we are looking forward to providing information about college life, courses and admission & financial aid requirements from a variety of schools and programs to Native youth, their families and community members.