Project MALES hosted its third annual Summer Leadership Academy at The University of Texas at Austin on July 20-21, 2018. Over 60 young middle school and high school boys experienced what college is like as part of our Leadership Academy. This overnight event is meant to help demystify the college experience, reinforce the leadership skills they have developed over the year, and mitigate the effect of “summer brain drain”. Through our summer academy, we are addressing the lack of programming in Austin for our students, we know from decades of research that summer learning loss is a real phenomenon, particularly for low-income students. We also invite a family member of each young male to join us so that they can experience what college life is like. During this time, students and families have the opportunity to walk in classrooms, experience a college course, stay in the dormitories, and tour the recreation facilities.
The Project MALES Summer Leadership Academy hosts students from several districts in the Austin area including Austin ISD, Manor ISD, KIPP Public Schools, Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD and Del Valle ISD. The Project MALES Summer Leadership Academy features two days of workshops and sessions that focus on building leadership skills, communication skills, and creative activities. Our focus on middle school boys is a key goal of our broader efforts focused on improving educational outcomes and opportunities for young males of color in the Central Texas region.
Highlights from previous Summer Leadership Academies include:
- Workshops on Leadership Development, Brotherhood, and College and Career Readiness.
- Workshops on Creative Writing, Spoken Word, and Teatro.
- UT-Austin campus tour were students explored buildings and museums, visited laboratories, meet with University faculty and staff, and had lunch at Jester Cafeteria (UT residence hall).
Access the 2018 Project MALES Summer Leadership Academy Agenda here.
The 2019 Summer Leadership Academy is still in the planning stages. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months.