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H.O.P.E. Academy

June 18 - 28, 2014

Harnessing Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education Academic and Leadership Academy

The H.O.P.E. Academy is a new one-week summer residential program for male and female high school students. The purpose of the Academy is to provide students with an opportunity to experience authentic campus living—real faculty + real residence halls + real choices in real time for a successful transition from high school to real college life!

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.

Why There Is A Need?
Undeniably, access to American higher education has expanded greatly over the past few decades. Yet, while a college degree has become an achievable goal for students from all backgrounds and walks of life, there still remain substantial disparities in the educational attainment of students from certain racial and ethnic, socioeconomic, and family educational backgrounds. More students of color are now enrolled in higher education than ever before, with nearly one in three college students being a person of color.

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: May 10th, 2013.

Volunteer opportunities are available, please contact Joyce Walker or Xao Vang for more information.

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