FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Middle and high school students along with their parents are invited to attend an educational conference hosted by the New Jersey Orators, March 24 at Sampson G. Smith from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"We welcome all students in middle and high school as well as their parents to attend this educational conference,"  Eloise Samuels NJO founder and president said. "We also welcome school counselors and teachers who advise students and parents about pre-college programs and college choices. Last, but not least, we welcome any adult who serves in the role of a youth mentor who can convey some of their ideas of wisdom as well as gain knowledge about services and programs that they might use for their student mentees."

New Jersey Orators 1-day conference for middle and high school students will focus on fulfilling three objectives:

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  1. Pre-college programs, course planning and knowledge to students and their parents
  2. Life skills needed to be successful in life, and
  3. Financial planning and knowledge needed to prepare for the cost of higher education.

This conference and its panel workshops provide the necessary information that will help to:

  • Improve the success of students enrolling in pre-college programs, 
  • Identify life skills sets sought by admissions officers, and 
  • Provide parents with financial information and knowledge that will assist them in being financially prepared for their children to attend college.

Below are a few comments from parents and students regarding the impact of a prior Beyond High School Conference.

Financing College Workshop: “It was information that can be applied in the years going forward” ~ Student

Pre-College Readiness: “Open program up to younger audience – perhaps grade schools.” ~Parent

For 35 years the New Jersey Orators (NJO) a non-profit youth organization has been teaching the art of public speaking, an appreciation for literature, reading and media arts literacy, college readiness, and life skills to youth from 7 to 18 years of age in preparation for college. 

This testimony is an example of the impact the Orators has on the academic and careers choice of many of our students.

Alumnae Orator, Zalenda Cyrille, who recalls the impact that our academic program had on her life. She recently received the March of Dimes “Rising Heroine” in Technology Award.

There will also be a workshop for parents which will address the pre-college readiness skills needed to prepare for college. Parents will learn how to use a software tool, which will demonstrate how students can select colleges that best fit their interests. 

"We will have an NJO mentor/counselor panel of athletic coaches along with a few high school and college counselors who will provide guidance to those rising male and female athletes in choosing their college and course selections," Samuels said. "This panel is not just for athletes because the advice can be used for all students." 

Online registration is available through New Jersey Orators website and Facebook page. For more information contact Eloise Samuels at or call 732-259-9139. 

Click herepdf for flier and herepdf for workshop schedule. 

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