The Leadership Program

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The Project UPLIFT Leadership Program primary function is to empower young adolescents from ages 13-18 in leadership development. The Project UPLIFT leadership Program provides youth with academic support, mentorship, college preparation, as well as preparation with the transition from adolescent to adulthood. Over 98% of the students go on to institutions of higher education.

Weekly Meetings

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Project UPLIFT meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month and weekly: Tuesdays and Thursdays at various school sites during lunchtime:

Saturdays
10:00AM - 10:30AM Check-Ins
10:30AM - 11:30AM Mentorship meetings / Training / Workshops
11:30AM - 1:00PM Youth Leadership Meeting


Check-Ins

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During check-in time youth and guests practice their public speaking skills by introducing themselves, tell what school they go to recite the Project UPLIFT Pledge together and then rate their school week by way of whether they had an excellent, good or bad week. During the time of rating themselves, students are also able to elaborate on their day and or week. Upon closing of each person's check-in, each youth ends by saying "I'm committed to being here and learning something new today. The objective of check-ins is to keep all informed ad to the progress of each youth.

Mentorship Meetings

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Mentorship meetings focus on prevalent life skill topic. At this time, members break into their perspective cohort to discuss, share, and focus on issues that are age and gender appropriate. Project UPLIFT adopted poems will be recited during this time as well. Mentors will approach each topic in a family nurturing environment.


Leadership Meetings

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Between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Leadership Youth are the only ones able to attend. At this time, members are informed of upcoming events pertaining to Project UPLIFT. After progress reports, book reports, and all other required documents are rendered, one of the adult Mentors will facilitate a speaker of the day or a workshop.


Academic Support

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All youth are required to turn in bi-weekly progress reports and a certain amount of hours spent in study hall. Academic Coordinator depending on a youth's academic progress may prescribe additional hours. Study hall hours may consist of one on one tutor session, small study groups in the library during lunchtime at school, or regular hall hours during Project UPLIFT meetings.


College Preparation

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College preparations will focus of SAT/ACT preparations, FASFA (Federal Application for Student Aid) support, college choices, college applications and scholarships. The focus will be on 2010-2011, juniors and seniors. Pre-SAT preparation will also be available to 8th grade through 10th grade students. Project UPLIFT will cover the cost of the test for youth in the program.


Activities and Events

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Only the members who meet their Project UPLIFT attendance requirements will be allowed to attend the once a month extra-curricular activities. Examples are museums, expos, camping, college tours, conferences, basketball games, football games, etc. The purpose of the planned events is to reward students who meet their requirements and to create a sense of family as a program as a cohesive unit.


In-State College Tours

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During summer and fall Project UPLIFT will take youth on tours to colleges in Northern Central and Southern California Colleges such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Merced, Fresno State, UCLA, USC and Long Beach State, CSU Stanislaus, just name a few. The purpose of the college tours is to expose our youth to CSU college life, scholarships and other opportunities and get them thinking of the possibility of seeking higher education.


Out-of-State College Tours

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During the summer break, our youth have the opportunity to visit colleges in the southern and eastern United States in partnership with U-CAN (United College Action Network). We will mostly visit Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In an effort to close the achievement and social/economic gap, we strongly believe that students must be exposed to colleges and other higher education opportunities. Here they will see students who look like them, and become inspired and motivated to work hard in school and be among those who are working toward success and making a positive contribution to society. In the past, students who have participated in the college tours have gone on to become campus leaders and recruiters. Many have gone on to be shinning examples, which has the potential to promote themselves and their community in a more positive light.