Overview: Scholars who attend the summer program will be actively engaged in a multi-cultural curriculum that empowers them to positively change their life, family and community. Through classroom instruction, activities, exercises and field trips scholars will engage in curriculum that challenges and supports them in their journey to understand their story and cultivate a growth mindset to overcome embedded obstacles. Scholars will be inspired to participate in the continuing quest for positive change in their families, neighborhoods and communities. The curriculum will also develop reading, writing and mathematical skills to further core educational development and actively address “summer slide”. To accomplish this, the curriculum includes community involvement and civil liberties history teaching practices of participation and leadership that translates into their present life circumstances and helps shape their future goals.
Goals: Scholars completing the curriculum will leave feeling empowered to make a difference in their lives moving forward while simultaneously increasing core educational development in reading, writing and mathematics. The summer program Core Principles are listed below, each week aligning with one principle. There are guiding questions listed beneath each principle for scholars to explore.
Week 1 Unity: To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, neighborhood, community, and nation. What community challenges am I passionate about? What would I like to do for others in my family, my neighborhood, my community, or my world?
Week 2 Self-Determination: To express ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves. What is something in my life that I am willing to make a commitment to? Who in my life can I include to help further my commitment and how? How does a quality education improve my life, my family, my neighborhood, my community, and/or my world?
Week 3 Communal Work and Responsibility: To build and maintain our community together, make our neighborhoods challenges our challenges and ultimately solve them together. How does my identity shape my experience? How is my life perspective different than others?
Week 4 Entrepreneurial Economics: To build and maintain our communities schools, places of worship and businesses to mutually benefit from them together. What is the entrepreneurial spirit and how can that apply to me? How do I, or can I start, to support my neighborhood and my family?
Week 5 Purpose: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to achieve opportunity for all. What does it mean to and how can I live a life of purpose and meaning? What strategies can I use to make a change, starting in my home, neighborhood and my community? How have people done so in the past?
Week 6 Creativity: To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to make our community more beautiful and beneficial for all. What is my mission for community involvement? What will I do to help change my world? Where can I begin to help make this change now?
Final Project: Scholars will create a final project aligning with current community challenges they are passionate about. This piece will be presented on the final day where families and community supporters are invited to attend. It can be presented in a variety of ways to include but not limited to spoken word, theatre, poetry, art, music and/or dance.
YEAR ROUND SUPPORT: Scholars who complete the summer program will be enrolled in the Scholar Management Program. All families and youth in this program receive regular relentless follow up and one-on one support to our scholars from adolescence through post-secondary education. Scholars are also enrolled in all school year Unity in Motion and partnership programming as well.