Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) – an initiative of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at UT-Austin – hosted the inaugural Project MALES Summer Academy on June 15-17, 2016. The three-day Summer Academy was open to young men from four Austin ISD middle schools (Garcia, Martin, Mendez and Webb). The first two days were held at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and the third day was held on the campus of UT-Austin.
The Project MALES Summer Academy featured three days of workshops and sessions that focused on building leadership skills, communication skills, and creative activities. Our focus on middle school boys is a key goal of our broader efforts focused on improving educational outcomes and opportunities for young males of color in the Central Texas region.
Highlights from our Summer Academy include:
- A day of workshops on Leadership Development, Brotherhood, and College and Career Readiness.
- Workshops on Creative Writing, Spoken Word, and Teatro.
- UT-Austin campus tour were students explored buildings and museums, visited laboratories, meet with University faculty and staff, and had lunch at Jester Cafeteria (UT residence hall).
If you’re a parent or teacher, you’re probably familiar with the dreaded “summer brain drain.” Decades of research confirm that summer learning loss is a real phenomenon, particularly for low-income students
According to data from the National Equity Atlas, students of color in the largest 100 cities in the United States are much more likely to attend schools with large concentrations of poverty. This is a serious problem because these schools commonly lack the resources that are critical to a child’s success, such as experienced teachers, better student-teacher ratios and summer programs. How can we expect these students to compete with their counterparts in wealthier schools when they aren’t getting the same quality education — not only throughout the academic year, but in the summer?
To address the lack of summer resources and programming, Project MALES will launch its inaugural Summer Academy this month from June 15 to 17, offering three full days of academic enrichment activities to students in Austin ISD schools. The academy will be held at the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy, where workshop leaders will address various themes focused on leadership, brotherhood and college and career readiness. The camp will also incorporate a rich curriculum of reading, writing, spoken word, theater arts and more. read full story here.