York Community High School

Life After York Q&A: Parent to Parent Advice

on College and Other Paths to Success

The next

"Life After York Q&A"

is happening in

early 2020!

2019 Thank Yous

Event co-chairs Gina Orzak and Jenn Toffler are very grateful to the many volunteers and ready alternates who helped make the 2019 event a success:

Elizabeth Dierksheide

Amy Engstrom Clugg

Natalie ...more

Who can attend?

The event is designed for parents of sophomores and juniors who are interested in learning practical tips for how to support their children in thinking about what they will do after graduating from York. Although not geared toward parents of freshmen and seniors, all are welcome.


This event is not intended for students.

Insider Tips From Parents To Parents

It’s often helpful to talk with someone who’s “been there - done that.” That’s the idea behind this sixth annual event brought to you by PTSA Academic Boosters and York's College Career Resource Center (CCRC).


Attendees will enjoy an evening of rotating roundtable discussions led by fellow York parents who will share their experience and knowledge about the college application process as well as other post high school plans.

What happens at the event?

The evening kicks off with brief opening remarks from the committee chairs and then transitions directly into rotating roundtable discussions lasting about 18 minutes each. There will be five rotations total that night. Attendees will select which tables they would like to join on the evening of the event. No pre-registration is necessary. 


Attendees will select five tables from a list of ten (below). All ten topics will be available for every rotation that night, though you will only have a chance to visit five tables. Both parents can come and attend the same or different tables.


Click the links below to view talking points used during the 2019 event!


- Creating and Finalizing the List

- College Visits

- Applications

- Essays

- Scholarships

- College Planning for Divorced Parents

- Highly Selective Colleges and Universities

- Military Service Academies/ROTC/Intelligence Communities

- Alternatives to Four-Year College (Two-Year College, Post Graduate Year, etc.)

- IEPs and 504s after York


There is no set order for which table to visit first, second, etc. Customize your evening based on topics that interest you.


Attendees do not need to stay for the entire evening. For example, if you are only interested in three of the ten topics, feel free to leave the event when you’ve visited those three tables.


Please contact Gina Orzak or Jenn Toffler if you would like to know more details about any of the topics that will be covered at the Life After York event or if you have any other questions.

Life After York


If you have questions about this event or would like to volunteer, please contact Gina Orzak or Jenn Toffler.

College Resource List

Looking for more parent to parent insight regarding post-York plans? Our College Resource List includes parents who have been through the college application process with their own students in areas like athletics, music, military, nursing, and more. These programs often require additional action or consideration during the application process.

Scenes from the 2019 event

More helpful links

Event History

The PTSA Academic Boosters committee has hosted this event since 2014. It was formerly called College Q&A: Parent to Parent Advice.