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|Step-Up Mentorship Program - Summer Summit|
|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
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.