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DC Prep’s PrepNext alumni support team launched its inaugural Summer Academy Program in 2015. Over four weeks, 23 rising 10th and 11th graders were selected and compensated to participate in the program, in partnership with the Summer Youth Employment Program. The program – which is now an annual PrepNext initiative – provides academic, social, and cultural enrichment for DC Prep alumni as they prepare for college.
The inaugural program’s theme was “Voice.” Participating alumni took classes in literature and writing as well as electives taught by DC Prep teachers, including Service Learning, Hip Hop and Social Justice, and Public Speaking. The Summer Academy Program also included weekly field trips to local museums and colleges. Highlights of the first-ever 2015 program include:
• College Tours: Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland – College Park.
• Community Partnerships: Volunteering at DC Central Kitchen prepping over 5,000 meals; collaborating with SchoolSculptures in the conceptualization, design, and production of mobiles with a local kinetic artist for display at the September H Street Festival.
• Enriching Academic Programs: In a writing class, students researched police brutality and crafted policy solutions to share findings with Brittany Packnett (Executive Director of Teach For America in St. Louis and a member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force and the Ferguson Commission).
• Guest Speakers: Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism, Executive Director of City Year DC, and the Commissioner of the DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission – 2A08.
• Field Trips to Area Cultural Landmarks: Newseum, National Archives, Frederick Douglass Home, Anacostia Community Museum, and Ben’s Chili Bowl.
During the final week of the Summer Academy Program, students synthesized learnings from all of their classes into Capstone Proposals on a range of topics including police brutality, wealth and gender inequality, the school-to-prison pipeline, and equality in education. On the final day of the Summer Academy Program, students presented capstone findings and created personal action plans to map out how to address issues explored in their own schools and communities in the upcoming academic year.
To view select photos from the inaugural PrepNext Summer Academy Program, click below.
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