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Louisville Urban League kicks off 'Spring Break College Tour Week' for high schoolers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Up bright and early on the first day of spring break, you could say it's a big sacrifice for any high school teen. But these students are here to prepare for the future.

"I want to actually do something with my life while I'm in my prime," said Kintaio Sankofa, a senior at Iroquois High School.

Louisville Urban League's first annual "Spring Break College Tour Week" is bringing 45 students together to visit several colleges across the state.

“We believe education is the great equalizer. The more opportunity and exposure the kids have for college, then more than likely they’ll actually engage into a college experience,” said Lawrence Wilbon, Director of Youth Development and Education Department at Louisville Urban League.   

"Doing nothing during spring break is one option. So it takes a special student and parent to get students up and get them ready."

Monday's orientation featured guest speakers from different Louisville agencies. They talked financial aid, filling out applications and how to mentally prepare for life after high school.

The college tours begin Tuesday, April 5. They'll visit JCTC, U of L, Bellarmine University, Spalding University, Kentucky State University and Simmons College.

It'll be a first college tour for many of these students, and the excitement to take this next step was very apparent.

"I want to have opportunities to go to school that I want to see what schools I would like," said Aeisha Hussein, a junior at Eastern High School.

"It makes me feel good to know it’s a lot of young people out here that’s doing the same thing that I am. It’s not all just negativity out here. We have some young leaders out here in Louisville that are on to bigger and better things, or at least try to," Sankofa said.

The week-long program is full but there is a waiting list. For more information, click here.

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