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H.O.P.E. Academy

June 17 - 27, 2015

Harnessing Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education Academic and Leadership Academy

The H.O.P.E. Academy is a one-week summer residential program for male and female high school students in 9th-12th grade. The purpose of the Academy is to provide underrepresented and undeserved students with a life-changing opportunity to experience real college life by engaging them in college-level courses and workshops to develop & explore their leadership skills.

In addition to academic courses, the Academy offers leadership training and communication and interpersonal skill building activities that will help students and their families, move beyond the financial, social and academic barriers-- both factual and presumed, toward the realization of an engaged and successful undergraduate college experience.

H.O.P.E. Academic & Leadership Academy will challenge each male and female student to gain a new perspective on his or her humanity by providing theoretical and practical information necessary for the development of well-informed decision-making and judgment aptitude for present and future life challenges.

Through the Academy, it is our utmost hope that students realize how intellect, integrity, courage, respect, passion, and leadership are true building blocks for future academic and personal success. The H.O.P.E. Academy is an exhilarating experience that students will consider life-changing.

Vision and Goals
The vision is to provide 9th through 12th grade underrepresented and underserved female and male students with an opportunity to experience life on a college campus, by engaging them in relevant academic coursework & classes, and motivational & informational workshops and forums. Our goal is to provide classes, programs and activities that are responsive to the real academic, financial, motivational, race, gender, and educational barriers to post secondary access, success, and life-long opportunities.

H.O.P.E. Academy College Summer Mentor
Students in good academic standing, according to University policy, are eligible to apply as H.O.P.E. academy undergraduate mentors.  Students receive a stipend of $200 plus all meals; including free room & board during eight-day Academy. Interested students may download the application form and submit it to the Inclusion & Diversity Office to apply.

Application deadline: April 3, 2015.

Volunteer opportunities are available, please contact Dia Yang or Xao Vang for more information.

Picture presentation from 2012 H.O.P.E. Academic & Leadership Academy