Phuture Phoenix mentors deliver programming to eighth-graders

Mary Sue Lavin with Phuture Phoenix Tee

Green Bay, Wis.—Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Phuture Phoenix program has remained dedicated to its mission to provide an opportunity for students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds to believe post-secondary education is important, attainable, and available.

Bringing area fifth- and eighth-grade students to UW-Green Bay to tour the campus for a day to expose them to college, has been a big part of delivering that mission. However, as with most things, the pandemic has changed how the Phuture Phoenix program will conduct campus visits this year.

Instead of hosting them on campus this year, UW-Green Bay students will go to the Green Bay Area Public Schools to meet with eighth-graders and share information about post-secondary options and their own lived experiences going to college. The dates for those visits are:

  • Friday, Oct. 22 – Edison Middle School
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 – Franklin Middle School
  • Monday, Nov. 1 – Lombardi Middle School
  • Friday, Nov. 5 – Washington Middle School

In the past, the University hosted nearly 1,600 fifth-grade students from schools across Northeast Wisconsin in the fall. With the continued risks of Covid-19, the fifth-grade visits to campus have been rescheduled to spring, with target dates of Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28, 2021. College prep starts early, and the Phuture Phoenix campus experiences offer students a first-hand look at the necessary steps to pursue and attain higher education goals, as well as everything a university education can offer.

Members of the media, please contact Michelle Wolfe, if you are interested in covering this eighth-grade visits.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit


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