College Life 101 is part of OU’s summer pipeline programs

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High school students across the state and in Los Angeles will get a taste of real college life this summer through UO pipeline programs like the Oregon Young Scholars Program.

Nearly 60 high school students will participate in the program’s free summer residential session on campus July 20-28. While the majority are from Oregon, this year 11 students from Los Angeles will attend as part of a collaboration with the non-profit organization Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and his Lundquist Scholars Program.

Students will live in a residence hall, eat at an on-campus dining center, attend intensive daily writing classes, and STEM courses – science, technology, engineering, and math – will receive guidance for school-readiness activities. university and more.

The Young Scholars Program is organized around a cohort model where group collaborations are an invaluable part of learning critical skills. Academics are not the only part of the program.

Time is dedicated to social, community and cultural activities and civic engagement through volunteer experiences. The program promotes active thinking and leadership skills and encourages parents and families of students to communicate with teachers and administrators.

Each summer session includes a community networking dinner and closing ceremony where students can show off what they have learned to family and friends.

For the first time this summer, the Community Networking Dinner will be in collaboration with the UO Summer Academy to inspire learning pipeline program, which runs the same week as the Young Scholars Program. The joint production will bring together colleagues from government, education, business and community organizations to meet with students from the programs.

It will provide students with the opportunity to learn networking skills, better understand various career and leadership paths, and share information about themselves and their aspirations with community members.

The program is designed to help students and families in underserved communities see that higher education is accessible. Program participants are initially selected from eighth-grade classes at Portland, Eugene-Springfield, and Salem schools and focus on students of color, students from low-income homes, and students who are the first in their families to go to university. Students can return each summer from their high school years and participate in the program throughout the year.

The year-round program offers support through tutors, help with college applications and essays, health checkups, and quarterly meetings to check in and foster relationships. For high school students who have completed the program and are continuing on to college, a graduation ceremony and celebration in the spring caps off the experience. Many students in the program become ducks.

Gweneth Wolfe, who will be a junior at UO this fall, took the program and now helps run it through her work as a student in the Equity and Inclusion Division. The program was essential for his entrance to university.

“The program has helped me personally and academically,” Wolfe said. “The family I’ve built with the program participants is invaluable, and the help I’ve been offered with my studies is the only reason I continued my education at university. »

Barbara Marbury oversees the program and is the Programs Coordinator for Pipeline and Community Engagement at the UO Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.

“The Oregon Young Scholars program is an incredible opportunity for high school students from underrepresented groups to come together in a safe and nurturing environment to develop and develop their academic, social and leadership skills,” she said. . “Coordinating this program has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done in my life.”

The program is supported by the Equity and Inclusion, Grants and Donor Division. For more information, see the website.

—By tova stabin, Academic Communications

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