The Heritage Leadership Camp exists to empower young men of color to achieve academic success by providing life skills information and modeling culturally relevant leadership.
To improve student attendance, help students raise their G.P.A, and reduce the number of discipline referrals.
School contacts select male students of color in grades 6-8 to participate
Students are “on the brink” of either success or failure by having one or more of the following characteristics:
• GPA in the C- to C+ range
• Less than perfect attendance or a number of unexcused absences from school
• Discipline referrals for unacceptable behaviors
Students and their families are informed about the project, it’s rationale, the Heritage Leadership Camp activities, the expectations of the students and the desired outcomes for the students
Students participate in three, all-day leadership camps during the school year at an off-campus location
All interactions between mentors and students are characterized by the honoring of students by mentors and respect of mentors by students
Activities and the schedule of the day are organized and purposeful. A series of intense sessions, that build upon the content of previous sessions, over the course of a school year with a cohort of students can lead to behavioral change.
The atmosphere of honor and respect underscores the serious nature of the leadership camps and creates the tone that the students are not in trouble as failures, but have great potential that can be tapped.
Community Mentors of color share their own experiences and challenges to build credibility and add realism to the activities
The organized tone of the day underscores the purposefulness and intentionality of the project and it’s expectations for students