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Summer University

Summer University with Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

Summer University


The African American achievement gap is well documented locally, regionally and nationally. According to the Seattle Public Schools, in 2011, only 58 percent of African Americans graduated from high school and 25 percent drop out annually. A startling 46 percent of youth in King County Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers are African American, even though African Americans only represent 6 percent of King County. One in three African American men is expected to go to prison during their lifetime.

Together with Google, the City of Seattle and other partners the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle relaunched our successful Summer University targeting at-risk high school students of color in Seattle/King County in 2016. The 6-week program provided academic enrichment and skill-building through a STEAM curriculum and be located on the campus of Seattle Central.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) summer program immersed nearly 40 students in various art and science disciplines to stimulate curiosity and appreciation for the range of college degrees and career opportunities available in science and art. Being a part of the Seattle Central Community College environment, exposed primarily first-generation college students to higher education and increased the likelihood of attending Post-Secondary Education.

For six weeks, students attended classes five days a week from 9am to 3pm, exploring STEAM topics in several one-week workshops. Students engaged in hands-on activities that help develop their understanding and thinking about the world of STEAM, and include field experience and guest speakers.

In 2017, thanks to the generosity of our partners and the support of our instructors and partners such as Seattle Central, Summer University will grow to serve 75-100 students from Seattle Public Schools.  Students from Garfield, Cleveland, and Rainier Beach will be eligible to receive 1 math credit.  In addition to a fund and engaging curriculum inclusive of field trips each Friday, there is an option of receiving college credits and a stipend of up to $500 based on attendance and participation.

If you are interested in learning more information please contact Jerry Petty, jpetty@urbanleague.org for more information or call our office 206.461.3792 for an application.