UI Develops Pre-College Outreach Project with Jerome Community
June 23, 2017
As part of the Latino Pre-College Outreach Project, a UI employee will work out of the Jerome middle and high schools to provide students and their families with mentorship and educational development. Forty Latino students will be selected for the first program year, which includes school-year mentoring and tutoring, family support and education on higher education; and summer programs focused on hands-on learning. An evaluation of the project will determine the feasibility of expansion to include additional cohorts.
“We want to build culturally responsive relationships between these students, families and undergraduate student mentors from the University of Idaho, our faculty, academic advisors and career counselors, as well as business and community leaders,” said Yolanda Bisbee, UI’s chief diversity officer. “This program is about building strength in community and emphasizing the value of higher education by demonstrating that it is something within their reach, once structural barriers and cultural needs are addressed.”
Latino parents with students entering the eighth grade are invited to learn more about the Pre-College Outreach Project at a bilingual informational session from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 30, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church, 216 Second Ave. E. in Jerome. Food will be provided. UI will share more information about the program, as well as the application process for students. Participation in the program is free, but space is limited to 40 students per year.
The three-year Pre-College Outreach Project is being supported by UI’s Office of Equity and Diversity, UI Extension and 4-H Youth Development, the McClure Center for Public Policy Research and the Office of the Executive Officer for Southwestern Idaho. It received a $75,000 award through the university’s internal grant program, the Vandal Ideas Project.
For more information about this program, contact Bisbee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-885-7895.
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