The six-week non-residential summer component for students will focus on 680 contact hours (180 in basic, intermediate, and advanced academic skills, 180 in tutoring, 180 in personal counseling, 30 in academic advising, and 110 in cultural enrichment) using a full-day schedule that blends instruction in academic skill areas, selected vocational area courses, counseling, and cultural enrichment activities. Participants will be divided by grade level. Instructors for each grade level will operate as an integrated learning unit, which will consist of English, Mathematics, and Science instructors, and two Advocates.
Summer Morning Segment: This segment focuses on academic instruction. STEM: As an initiative to encourage, motivate, and educate students about STEM fields, the UB Project offers a curriculum consisting of mathematics, general science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Our instructional science staff will conduct activities over the course of five weeks that will be punctuated by practical “hands-on” exercises and experiments that are designed to heighten the student’s appreciation and knowledge of the natural sciences. World Language: All participants will be enrolled daily in a sixty-minute Spanish or French course. Mathematics: The program will infuse in its curriculum both basic and higher Math (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus). Math instruction will stress that engagement in mathematics is essential to daily life and experiences. Computer Class: Students will be exposed to the importance of computer technology through the use of various applications (Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint), and will learn how to use the Internet for research.
Summer Afternoon Segment: The afternoon segment will be composed of elective courses, and individual and group counseling sessions. Elective Courses: Each student will select two elective courses from the following: drama; dance; computer construction; video/ television; journalism; vocal/music; Exciting Writing; art, both fine and media; photography; self-defense; music production; Entrepreneurial Club; financial literacy; and Legal Seminar. Advocacy: Advocacy, a form of counseling, is an integral program component. Input from the Advocates enables instructors to better understand student dynamics and needs. Further, the inclusion of Advocates in the classroom during instructional sessions affords the Advocate the opportunity to observe students, providing a broader perspective of student performance and demeanor. Advocacy activities focus on personal, academic, and career aspects of student life.
Special Summer Initiatives:
Mentorship - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Collaboration: UB 9th and 12th grade participants who are deemed to be at-risk students will be matched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership HS scholars studying on the University campus and receive Big Brother/Big Sister mentorship as it relates to academic, social, and emotional support.
ROTC (Rapid Orientation Toward College): The anticipation of a HS curriculum poses transitional challenges for 9th grade students who, if not properly prepared psychologically, can find the transition stressful. ROTC is a mandatory component for all incoming 9th grade students, designed as a one-day experience to assist students’ transition from middle school to HS, and expose them to the discipline needed to matriculate at a HS level.
Liberty Science Center: The UB Project will continue to partner with the Liberty Science Center to offer an environmental science class to students.
Center for Sustainable Food Systems (CFSFS): The UB Project will continue to collaborate with the CFSFS to offer students various modes of urban food production including the setup, maintenance, and engineering behind a hydroponic greenhouse. UB students will also learn the role of botany in the environment through the trips associated with the CFSFS. Senior Intern Seminar: Seniors will participate in the Senior Intern Seminar, a five-day internship with a company or agency that reflects their career interest, taking place during the last week of summer. The purpose of this seminar is to have participants become more knowledgeable of career options and will develop four cross-content workplace readiness skills: (1) students will develop career planning and workplace readiness skills; (2) students will use technology and information indicative of their career field; (3) students will use critical thinking, decision making and problem-solving skills; and (4) students will demonstrate self-management skills.
Summer Food Service Program (SFSP): The UB Project is a participant in the SFSP, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Markets, and Bureau of Child Nutrition Programs. All eligible students receive three nutritious meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), with menus approved by the Bureau of Child Nutrition.
East Orange and Newark Summer Youth Employment: These programs provide students the opportunities for career exploration and development. Since the summer component is an enrichment program, participants will be compensated by their respective cities for their participation. The goals of these two programs are to enhance students’ basic skills, encourage school completion or re-enrollment in school, provide students with exposure to the world-to-work, encourage postsecondary education pursuit, and enhance the citizenship skills of high school students.