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National TRiO Day and weeklong celebration culminates in #IAMTRiO Conference at Creighton

Omaha-area TRiO programs, including Creighton University’s, will celebrate their successes and give back to the community with a week full of events culminating in National TRiO Day on Feb. 27.

An assemblage of student services and outreach programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, TRiO serves intermediate, secondary and post-secondary students who identify as first-generation, low-income or disabled. TRiO programs like Upward Bound and Talent Search help students reach their full potential academically, with an eye to improving not only the students’ economic standing, but also helping students inspire others in their communities.

Creighton will host the #IAMTRiO Conference on Feb. 27, pulling in all TRiO participants and organizations to talk about such topics as scholarships, the college admissions process, selecting a college, transitioning from middle to high school and creating a résumé. Ean Garrett, an author and chief innovation officer of the Infinite 8 Institute, an Omaha-based educational and social impact consulting firm, will deliver the keynote address at the conference.

“Creighton is proud to be able to host our fellow TRiO participants in what is sure to be an excellent, inspiring conference after a week of uplifting events,” said Shannon Teamer, TRiO director in Creighton Student Support Services. “All week, Creighton TRiO students are going to be connecting with the next generations of college students, talking with lawmakers and spreading the word about how TRiO programs are at work in their lives.”

TRiO Week begins Feb. 22 with the kickoff for the TRiO Donation Drive, taking place through Feb. 26 and gathering necessary items to benefit five area community organizations: the Open Door Mission, the Heart Ministry Center, the Salvation Army, the Nebraska Humane Society and the Heartland Hope Mission. Several area middle and high schools are involved in the drive, along with Creighton, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Metropolitan Community College and Nebraska Methodist College.

The week will also feature a tweeting and letter-writing campaign to government officials on Feb. 23, engaging policymakers on how TRiO has made a difference. Feb. 24, a #IAMTRiO Selfie Day encourages TRiO participants to connect on social media and celebrate TRiO Programs. On Feb. 25, TRiO Works Day will see TRiO college students visit high schools and middle schools to talk about their experiences and there will also be a visit to the Nebraska State Capitol to visit with lawmakers.

On Feb. 26, the donation drive wraps up and the final donation numbers will be announced at the #IAMTRiO Conference.

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