The Saturday College Preparatory Academy is an academic and soft-skills enrichment program for African American males who are in the 11th grade and aspire to attend four-year colleges and universities in the fall of 2012.
The program provides tutoring, SAT preparation, mentoring and unique engagement opportunities to participants. It is the first of several innovative collaborations between Union Independent School, a key center initiative, and Durham (N.C.) Public Schools with grant support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Minority Male Bridge to Success Project.
Is part of the center’s ongoing work to help at-risk African American males gain access to and success in higher education.
The 54 high school students in the program’s inaugural class attend either Hillside or Southern high schools in Durham. Each was selected by the principal as a “college-bound” African-American male who would be better equipped for success at the collegiate level upon completion of this academy.
Participants, tutors and staff are working together from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each non-holiday/vacation Saturday during the students’ junior and senior years until they graduate from high school in the spring of 2012.
The volunteer tutors are mostly undergraduate and graduate students from area institutions, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University and North Carolina Central University.
For more information, contact senior research associate Mark McDaniel at (919) 962.2261 or .