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Step-Up Mentorship Program - Summer Summit
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Northwest Suburban's Step-Up Mentorship Program - Summer Summit - happens yearly the 3rd week of June.  The Summit is held at the University of St. Thomas downtown Minneapolis campus.  The intensive educational experience is for male students who have finished 8th grade.  The purpose of the Summit is to help prepare students for high school by focusing on four key educational concepts: Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities and Achievement. 

Each day begins with a keynote speaker that stresses the importance of education as a way of maintaining control over one’s future.  Students spend the morning participating in classroom activities focused on introspection, learning how culture shapes expectations, setting goals for their high school careers and creating plans that will assist them in accomplishing those goals. 

Afternoons are spent engaging in physical activities that stress the value of teamwork. At past Summer Summits participants have played basketball,  soccer, and other recreational activities and have taken part in scavenger hunts through downtown Minneapolis.  Attendees of the Summit also spend a full day at an outdoor camp where they take part in team building exercises and other challenging endeavors.

The Summer Summit is intended to prepare eighth-grade boys for the increased rigor they will encounter in ninth grade.  Participants are identified by their school district as potentially benefiting from additional academic and social support and guidance.  Students feel that they are better prepared for high school for having participated in the Summer Summit. 

Students who are involved in the Summer Summit receive additional guidance throughout their high school careers.  The Summer Summit was developed through partnerships between Northwest Suburban Integration School District, its eight member districts, and University of St. Thomas College of Education, Leadership and Counseling.