Life After York Q&A: Parent to Parent Advice on College and Other Paths to Success


Resource List

The Life After York - Parent Resource List includes York parents who have been through post high school planning with their own children and are willing to share their experiences in specialty areas like college athletics, performing arts auditions, two-year college, military, etc.



If you have questions about this event or would like to volunteer, please contact Jody Pinkerton.



Link to CCRC College Planning & Tracking page


Talking Points

View the Talking Point slides for each topic from the 2021 event.



The PTSA Academic Committee has proudly hosted this event since 2014.

The PTSA Academic Committee was formerly known as Academic Boosters.

Photos from 2020

Life After York 2022


The event is virtual, but still retains the key elements of having rotating small group discussions and ample time for Q&A.

The event is on March 8 at 7pm with 4 25-minute rotations separated by 5 minute breaks. Each rotation will start with a short presentation and then open up for Q&A and discussion.

Discussion topics for 2022 are listed below. Please note the list is subject to change.

  • Alternatives to Four-Year College (Two-Year College, Post Graduate Year, etc.) / Military Service Academies/ROTC/National Guard *
  • Applications
  • College Readiness & Initial Research
  • Creating the List & College Visits
  • Essays
  • Highly Selective Colleges and Universities
  • IEPs and 504s After York *
  • Scholarships & Money Basics

Most topics will be available for every rotation. Topics marked with an asterisk(*) are only available for rotations 1 and 2.

There is no set order for which discussion to join first, second, etc. Participants can "Zoom" into their preferred topics in whatever order they would like.

You do not need to stay for the entire evening. For example, if you are only interested in three of the nine topics, feel free to leave the Zoom at your convenience.

Please contact Jody Pinkerton if you have any questions about the Life After York event.


The event is designed for all parents and students at any grade level who are interested in learning practical tips for how to support their children in thinking about what they will do after graduating from York. 

2022 Resources

Use the plan your night document to plan your schedule and organize your links. All registered participants will receive an email with the zoom links for all the sessions. More information about each of the topics can be found in the topic description document.


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

Participants will enjoy an evening of small-group 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.



Thank you to our all-star team of volunteers and ready alternates who stepped up in 2021 to help not only with running the sessions, but also with ironing out the tech pieces that were involved in shifting this event from in-person to virtual.


Heidi Baird Anne & Terry Hackett
Jodi Pinkerton Tina Ward
Carol Frank Julie Hanebuth
Erin Radcliff Anne Marie Splitstone
Leah Gleason Jane Evans
Virginia Wilson Holly Kost
Debbi Khayat Danielle Bauer
Toni Schaner Gina Orzak
Pat & Neil Vandenberg Susan Rohde
Barb Cozzi Mimi Black
Carrie Stone Amy Engstrom & Dave Clugg
Scott Glosner


Special Guests: Major Francis Koykar (Asst Professor of Military Science, UIC) and Retired Air Force Officer Joe Minor (UIC Military Recruiter)

A special thank you to Amy Thompson of York’s College and Career Resource Center (CCRC) for partnering with the Academic Committee for this event. And, a big shout out and thank you to the counselors who helped set up all of our Zoom links.


Cathy Bendicsen Julie Feldkamp-Pradhan
Karla Goldman Meredith Sheriff
Ryan Walz Tracy Tomasetti
Lisa Julian Ashley Tucker
Diane Oliveros-Prymicz Kara Dollaske
Bill Gardner

Amy Thompson