The Saturday academic year component is divided into the fall and spring semesters, meeting approximately two Saturdays per month. This component schedule is carefully coordinated with the target schools to avoid any interference with other activities in which program participants may be involved. Students will be assigned classes and activities based on their UB ISIP and their current HS courses. This component includes 310 contact hours (78 in academic skills attainment, 78 in tutoring, 104 in counseling, and 50 in cultural enrichment) and offers basic skills, intermediate and advanced academic instruction, counseling, and tutoring on 18 Saturday sessions. The academic year component will focus on advocacy, orientation to career opportunities, academic instruction, tutoring and cultural activities inclusive of university sponsored lectures, campus tours, and field trips.
Academic Year Morning Segment: Each grade level participates in their respective Grade Seminar class. The overall objective of the class, regardless of grade level, is to provide a curriculum that prepare students for academic and professional success by through discussions, testing, and activities that include: (a) academic studies; (b) college aspirations; (c) academic planning for college and career readiness; (d) enrichment and extracurricular engagement; (e) college and career assessments; (f) college affordability planning; (g) college admissions processes; and (h) transition from HS graduation to college enrollment.
Academic Year Afternoon Segment: Tutoring: Tutors will be hired to implement on-site tutoring to further expand program services to participants. Tutors will be selected from the Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Program and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), a State-funded program for under-represented students, both located at SHU. Advocacy: Advocate staff will be essential to the program by providing direct connections between students, UB staff, and administration. They will provide academic advisement activities during the academic year component. Advocates will look for: (a) areas of subject accomplishment and strength; (b) consistency of persistence and promptness for class; (c) school attendance; and (d) areas in need of improvement.
Special AY Initiatives:
College Tour: Junior and Senior students will participate in a two-day, one night college tour. During the tour, students will be exposed to the various admissions and financial requirements, as well as social expectations. Having personal contact with admissions and financial aid personnel has proven vital to college acceptance.
Community Service: Through five hours of community service twice a year (including the summer component), students will understand the meaning of “giving back” to society or their communities and become aware of the less fortunate. Students’ will learn the importance of teamwork and how working together impacts the ability to achieve a common goal. Past community sites have included the local Community Food Bank and several area parks.
All seniors will participate in a Senior Banquet that takes place in the spring and is attended by students, parents, staff, target school personnel, and University partners. During the evening program, graduating seniors will be honored, and each senior will receive a laptop computer (through the Parent’s Association fundraising efforts) to support their postsecondary achievement.