Teaching High School Students to Survive College

Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals Presents Young Professionals University

Houston, TX – March 24, 2015 – The Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals (HAULYP) presents its 14th installment of Young Professionals University (YPU) on Saturday, April 25, 2015. This spring Young Professionals will teach high school students tips and strategies to help them Survive the Yard.

YPU will feature informative and interactive sessions for high school students surrounding the essentials of preparing for freshman year in college, leadership, college life, budget-friendly healthy eating habits and other “need to know” information that will aid in a successful college journey. According to the U.S. Census and American College Testing Program, one-third of freshmen in 2008 dropped out because they were over confident, under-prepared and lacked realistic expectations about college.

“The importance of the transition from high school to college is at an all-time high. While students are graduating high school at record rates, they are not always college ready,” explains Ray Shackelford, the HAULYP President. “Young Professionals University gives us an opportunity to help at least a portion of those students survive the yard.”

To register for this event, visit or contact the HAULYP Community Outreach Coordinators at

About Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals

As an auxiliary of the Houston Area Urban League, we engage young men and women in the movement towards the achievement of professional development, social and economic equality, and community service.

Media Contact

Falayn Ferrell
Public Relations & Marketing Co-Chair
Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals
1301 Texas Avenue, Houston TX, 77002
E: T: 832-819-4640


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