In this issue of eSeedlings: SEEDS' All Star Spotlight on Christiaan Pfeifer, information on the SEEDS admissions process and a programs update.
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October 2014
SEEDS' All Stars
SEEDS All Star Spotlight
Christiaan Pfeifer
Scholars '08,

Concord Academy '12
Sarah Lawrence
At Sarah Lawrence College, Christiaan is studying Theatre, Visual Arts and Politics of Inequality. In addition to his courses and time spent acting in or directing plays, Christiaan works as a multicultural recruiter for Sarah Lawrence's Admissions office and is the Editor in Chief of the student of color fine arts/poetry journal.

You've got a lot going on at Sarah Lawrence. What are you up to now?

This year, I am spending one semester completing fieldwork on Traditional Theatre and Social Change in Bali, Indonesia. (Christiaan is pictured above playing the traditional Javanese gamelan.) Next semester, I will be studying Politics and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

What inspired you to spend a year studying abroad?
Working in the realms of multicultural issues and art, I needed a wider perspective to interact with cultures that I feel connected to. Real-time cultural interaction provides an educational lens otherwise unattainable in a college classroom.

How did SEEDS prepare you for Sarah Lawrence and for your current travels abroad?
SEEDS instilled in me the ability to be proactive in seeking opportunities to grow both personally and academically - wherever I go. Without SEEDS, I would not be the critical and multifaceted thinker I am today.

What are you most looking forward to in the coming years?
In the next few years, I hope to attain a degree in Theatre for Political and Social Change, followed by a Masters in Fine Arts in Theatre/Directing. I hope to use these skills to empower disadvantaged communities in the United States and abroad.

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Interested in learning how you can support SEEDS throughout the year?

The Friends of SEEDS (FOS) is a committee of dedicated volunteers whose activities support and enhance many of the social, cultural and academic experiences that SEEDS makes available to students.

Later this month, the Friends of SEEDS will kick off the 2014 - 2015 school year with a planning meeting. For information on how to get involved, please contact Parinaz Cole at 862.227.9142.
SEEDS' Parents Committee will meet on Friday, October 17 to discuss Back-to-School initiatives, including recruitment. For more information, contact Jamie McClintock at 862.227.9146.
New Jersey SEEDS is Looking for YOU!
SEEDS has officially launched this year's application process - and we need your help to spread the word. Throughout the past 22 years, New Jersey SEEDS has worked with more than 2,000 high-achieving, low-income students in New Jersey, putting them on the path to a great education.

Through our rigorous academic classes, placement services and unique Guidance program, our alumni have gone on to the nation's top selective middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities.

Do you know a motivated student who might benefit from our programs? We want to hear from them! Encourage students to complete an online inquiry form to receive our application link. Or, visit our Admissions events page to learn when and where SEEDS will host information sessions. Students can apply now to be considered for our Early Decision process; to be considered, all materials must be submitted by Friday, December 12.

Interested in helping to spread the word about SEEDS in your community? Contact our Admissions team to learn about opportunities in your area. Thank you for helping SEEDS identify the next generation of scholars!
Program Recaps
Scholars and Young Scholars kicked off the fall semester on Saturday, September 6 with Scholars Academy Saturdays, sponsored by The Coach Foundation, and Step 2, respectively. 

Both Scholars and Young Scholars have been preparing for application season by learning more about SEEDS' partner schools. In mid-September, students from both programs attended SEEDS' Annual Placement Fair (see insert below). The following week, Scholars and their families visited one of three boarding schools - Canterbury School, The Masters School or Westminster School.

Scholars participated in mock interviews this week to prepare for upcoming selective school interviews. Young Scholars' mock interviews will be held on October 15 (check SEEDS' Facebook page for photos in the coming days!). Interested in volunteering at upcoming events? Contact Parinaz Cole at 862.227.9142.
SEEDS' Annual Placement Fair on September 13 was an opportunity for 115 Scholars and Young Scholars and their families to learn more about SEEDS' partner schools (view photos). In addition to meeting representatives from 103 selective schools across the country, students and their parents participated in several workshops, including: Special thanks to all of the representatives who joined SEEDS to meet Scholars and Young Scholars! 
The College Preparatory Program began CPP Saturday Academy in its new home at NJIT on Saturday, September 13. In the past few sessions, CPP scholars have been working to enhance test preparation skills and streamline the college application process. Twice a month, CPP seniors work with their mentors to finalize college lists and 
complete applications, and each week, representatives from colleges and universities visit for information sessions and interviews. Thanks to the representatives from Boston University, Brandeis UniversityConnecticut College, Gettysburg CollegeLafayette College and Rutgers University for visiting CPP scholars!

On October 23, CPP students will travel to New York to interview with Barclays employees for their annual mock interview event. This is an opportunity for CPP scholars to prepare for upcoming college admissions and internship interviews with training from Barclays volunteers.
Meet the Director of Education and Guidance
SEEDS welcomes Alan Heaps as the organization's Director of Education and Guidance. He has spent more than 30 years working in the nonprofit world. His previous positions include Chief of Staff and Vice President at the College Board, Chief of Staff at the Children’s Defense Fund, and Assistant Commissioner for Employment for New York City. In his role with SEEDS, Alan will oversee the organization's three education programs - Scholars, Young Scholars and College Preparatory - as well as its Guidance department.  
SEEDS' Alumni Alliance is hosting regional events throughout the month of October in several cities up and down the East Coast.  Interested in starting an Alumni Alliance chapter near you? Contact the Alliance's Jenny Dodson Mistry.
In September, SEEDS participated in a panel discussion on "The Importance of People of Color in Admission: Relationship Building with Organizations, Families and Communities" hosted by The Admission Organization (SSATB).

Pictured: Yocelin Gonzalez (Hotchkiss School), Andy Hoge (SEEDS' Director of Admissions and Placement), Shanique Garcia (Pomfret School), Anne Behnke (St. Mark's School), Dana Brown (Choate Rosemary Hall) and Antonio Aponte (Boys Club New York) at an SSATB panel. Not pictured: Michael "Bedi" Walker.

In early October, SEEDS' President Ronni Denes, Director of Admissions and Placement Andy Hoge, and Dean of Scholars Programs Imani Gilliam spoke with members of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS) about SEEDS' 20+ years of work with high-achieving, low-income youth in the state.
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