U of M Works to Expose Minority Kids to Higher Education

Updated: 07/26/2013 6:25 AM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson

School busses crawling with kids pulled up to the curb at the University of Minnesota Thursday.

Tex Ostvig, with the university's 'Kid's on Campus Program,' went down the line to greet each kid. "I'm the first person they see coming off the bus," Ostvig said.

More than 100 kids from Richfield Middle School got the campus experience Thursday morning with the program.

"We know that trying to inspire people to go to college, it's more than just talking about it and seeing it on a website. It's actually being here," Ostvig said.

Ostvig gave the kids a chance to walk around the campus and to see what it is like to sit in a college classroom.
His passion is to inspire kids, especially kids of color like Eriberto Lopez Garcia.

"I'm actually going to be the first one in my family to go to college," Garcia said.

Ostvig graduated in 1996 from the U of M. He's been working for the school for 17 years. He says 30,000 students have passed through the program.

He says, seeing the kids leave with a smile and inspired lets him know he has done his job.

"It's one of those things you can't take away. It is a human connection, building social capital and saying, youth you are the future, we need you even more. And when they start to believe that, then that's the greatest joy I can have." 

Click here to learn more about the program.