Oakland High students gathered on the school’s basketball courts on May 8, for the Futurama resource fair where vendors informed students about what their colleges and programs offered.
Programs ranged from career opportunities such as the Navy, to enrichment programs like Girls Rock Camp, to educational groups such as the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Susan Yee, the founder and organizer of Futurama and director of the school’s Shop 55 Wellness Center, said that the event began as a health fair, but “students care about more than health, so we expanded it to cover their futures.” The name Futurama embodies this concept.
Futurama is partnered with PBIS, which stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, to encourage a healthier, safer school environment. PBIS provided free t-shirts for this year’s event. The Bechtel Foundation sponsored the event.
Organizers from Shop 55 hope that students will learn about the programs and opportunities that they offer. However, some seniors reported feeling “shunned,” saying that although the program representatives were polite and communicative, the programs seemed to target younger students.
“I’m looking for potential students who are looking forward to actively participating in their future in design and/or fashion,” said Michelle Prior, College Representative for FIDM.
The programs can help students get through high school or into college, and can help students establish a career path.
Aegis reporters Malea Jones, Yoshi Rodriguez-Takada, and Dominique Dyer contributed to this story.