July 12, 1995 Contact: Francine Tyler (408/459-2495)
SUMMER PROGRAMS AT UC SANTA CRUZ OFFER A WEALTH OF STORY POSSIBILITIES
Editors and News Directors:
Although University of California, Santa Cruz, students are away for the summer, there are still plenty of educational activities occurring on the campus. Here are a number of programs at UCSC this summer that would make interesting stories:
Monterey Peninsula College Math/Science Upward Bound (June 28- August 7). Forty high school students take part in this hands-on educational program, which includes classes, lab work, and field trips that teach science, mathematics, communications, and marine biology. Many of the students come from limited-income backgrounds or have parents who did not attend college. Recommended for Upward Bound by teachers and counselors who feel they have the potential to excel in the sciences, the students come from California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, and the Pacific Islands. They live at UCSC's Porter College for the duration of the camp. A federally funded TRIO program, Upward Bound serves limited-income families.
Contact: Stephen Ruth, coordinator, at (408) 469-3021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or at home at (408) 384-2267. Mary Ann Hamann, TRIO project director at Monterey Peninsula College, can be reached at (408) 646-4246.
UCSC Summer Session/Seaside Middle School Math/Science Institute (July 2-14). Sixteen students from four middle schools in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District study physics, math, marine biology, literature, astronomy, and computer graphics in this program, which is sponsored by UCSC Summer Session. The two- week residential institute includes a daylong cruise on a research boat and a day for parents to tour the campus. The program was designed to introduce underrepresented students to UCSC and launch them on a course toward college. UCSC Chancellor Karl S. Pister will attend an awards ceremony for institute participants on Friday, July 14.
Contact: Judith McCarrick, director of UCSC's Summer Session and the English Language Program, (408) 459-2523.
Avance Project (July 3-29). Also known as Proyecto Avance, this two-year-old program is directed toward students from migrant families who are over-age for the grade they are in at school. Thirty students, from sixth to ninth grades, live at UCSC's Oakes College for four weeks. They take courses that enable them to catch up to their proper grade level, gain leadership and study skills, and learn more about their culture.
Contact: Helen Felix, Avance Project's on-site coordinator, at (408) 423-2858.
Yo Puedo Program (July 3-29). Designed to foster self-esteem and self-confidence in high school students by helping them develop leadership and decision-making skills, Yo Puedo is sponsored and funded by the Migrant Education Program, Region XVI, of the Monterey County Office of Education. The camp is open to and free for teenagers from migrant families. While living at UCSC's Crown College, the students participate in a full schedule of activities: classes in computers, math, science, and literature; training in study skills and time management; and outdoor hikes, barbecues, and field trips.
Contact: Maria Toledo, the program's on-site coordinator, at (408) 469-9837.
Summer Bridge Program (July 8-August 11). This challenging five- week residential program will prepare nearly 100 incoming freshmen this year for college-level work at UCSC. Summer Bridge includes academic, social, and cultural activities designed to help students become familiar with an academic atmosphere and strengthen their analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. It is one of several programs from UCSC's Student Affirmative Action/Educational Opportunity Programs.
Contact: Allen Fields, director of SAA/EOP, at (408) 459-2296.
Camp Akili Summer Leadership Camp (July 13-16). A residential camp for Oakland and San Francisco Bay Area African American teens between the ages of 14 and 18, Camp Akili aims to help its campers develop self-esteem, cultural pride, and leadership skills. The camp's workshops and other activities are paired with videos about social issues such as AIDS, violence, sexism, and racism. After watching the videos, campers discuss them and do role- playing exercises, said Shawn Ginwright, Camp Akili executive director. Approximately 60 students will take part this year. The camp is sponsored by Leadership Excellence Inc., an Oakland-based nonprofit organization.
Contact: Shawn Ginwright at (510) 727-4709.