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Investing in Georgia's Future: Higher Education Partnerships with Public Schools

School preparedness

Prevent Child Abuse

Brenau University

Undergraduate psychology students volunteer with Prevent Child Abuse-Gainesville to offer self-esteem groups to 2nd to 5th-graders.

Mary Catherine Ambrose 770-287-3071

Julie Battle
770-534-6228

High School Competitions

Clayton State University

Campus hosts various regional and state competitions for talented high school students including: Governor’s Honors Program final state-level interviews; Georgia Social Science Fair state finals; and Regional Literary Meets for two regions.

Tammy Wilson
770-961-3538

Youth University and Continuing Education Classes

Clayton State University

Allows students to experience higher education in a summer block of courses.

Continuing education classes appropriate to school-age children are available in math, foreign language, composition, dance, and art throughout the year.

Jerri Hager
770-961-3550

Emory University Partnership Advisory Council

Emory University

Partnership with Fernbank Elementary School, Druid Hills High School, and Shamrock Middle School to enhance the quality of education for all students.

Includes tutoring, physical exams, college counseling, achievement awards, and social activities.

Marcene Powell (Emory)
404-727-6913

Carol Miller (DeKalb Partners in Education Foundation)
404-297-1246

Project Excellence

Emory University

After-school program designed to help 11 to 15-year-olds in six Atlanta public housing projects.

Primary goal is to reduce the risk of substance abuse among inner city youth by improving academic performance, self-esteem, family relations, and racial identity.

Ken Resnicow
404-727-7222

Urban Debate League

Emory University

Partnership between Emory’s Barkley Forum, Atlanta Public Schools, and Decatur City Schools to teach public speaking and debating skills as alternatives to physical aggression in conflict resolution.

Emory students visit schools to work with debaters and their coaches, and operate as judges during tournaments.

Melissa Wade
404-727-6189

Center for Urban Educational Excellence

Georgia State University

Center partners with other universities, school systems, parents, students, social agencies, and community organizations to create and sustain excellence in urban educational environments.

Projects include: The Peachtree Urban Writing Project, The Urban Atlanta Coalition Compact, Think Tank on African-American Education, Benjamin E. Mays Lecture Series, and City Wide Readers.

Center for Urban Educational Excellence 404-651-4621

Educational Talent Search

Georgia State University

Provides specialized services to help 6th to 12th-graders in targeted DeKalb County schools better understand higher education opportunities and make informed choices. Services include standardized test preparation classes, field trips to institutions, and variety of other academic enrichment and motivational activities.

Integrates parental involvement into each phase.

Mitchell Haralson, Jr.
404-651-2822

Greater Atlanta Inner City Games Project

Georgia State University

GSU and the Greater Atlanta Inner City Games Project have partnerships with several inner city schools to run after-school programs for at-risk children. These programs include computer camps, activity programs, and other events designed to build self-esteem, encourage kids to say “no” to drugs, and develop future community leaders.

Dr. Walt Thompson
404-651-3924

National Debate Project

Georgia State University

Partnership involving other area institutions that brings educational access for debate training to urban teachers and students.

Carol Winkler
404-651-2592

Project Dove

Georgia State University

Develops, implements, and evaluates an intervention program that addresses the school dropout problem and the role that violence may play in student disengagement from school.

Joel Meyers
404-651-1803

Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders

Georgia State University

Leading Atlanta educators teach extracurricular topics designed to challenge K-8 students.

Classes are held at the downtown campus and emphasize leadership, scholarship, and cultural awareness.

John Kesner
404-651-2987

Upward Bound

Georgia State University

Encourages and prepares low-income, potential first-generation college students from target DeKalb County schools to pursue post-secondary education.

Offers program of rigorous academic instruction, individualized tutoring, academic advisement, motivational development, and college admissions/financial aid planning.

Shirley Arnold 404-651-2818

Ecumenical Families Alive Project

Interdenominational Theological Center

Partnership with Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School in Atlanta to provide information and resources to contribute to the support, raising, and education of children being brought up by grandparents.

Anne Streaty Wimberly
404-527-7739

Youth and Family Convocation

Interdenominational Theological Center

Convocations are held for K-12 youth and their parents/guardians to address key issues confronting these age groups and the families in which they are being raised.

Convocations frequently are attended by public school counselors and teachers.

Anne Streaty Wimberly
404-527-7739

Youth Hope Builders Academy

Interdenominational Theological Center

Four-week residential summer program beginning June 2003 will offer quarterly forums on issues facing youth and families.

Will include video conferencing between youth in the Academy, youth in South Africa, and Caribbean youth in Great Britain.

Anne Streaty Wimberly
404-527-7739

Holistic Child Partnership Program

Mercer University

Faculty work directly with teachers and students in collaborating elementary schools in Bibb County to model and develop holistic child education programs.

Dr. Margaret Morris
478-301-2580

Coca-Cola Pre-College Leadership Program

Morehouse College

Designed to introduce 11th and 12th-graders to skills and behaviors necessary for effective leadership, program focuses on personal and interpersonal leadership skills with emphasis on the development of character, civility, and community.

Walter Fluker
404-614-8565

Educational Talent Search Program

Morehouse College

Promising 6th to 12th-graders in Fulton, Clayton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Merriwether Counties are exposed to intricacies of getting a college education.

Students take basic courses in English, math, and science and are assisted with matters pertaining to financial aid, career development, and post-secondary placement.

Rubye J. Byrd
404-681-2800 x2854

Health Careers Summer Program

Morehouse College

Six-week summer program to enhance the career awareness, motivation, academic skills, and test taking skills of 20 minority male 9th and 10th-graders.

Courses taught in English, reading, biology, and computer science. Focuses on developing conflict resolution skills and examining the role of the African-American male in society.

Thomas Blocker
404-681-2800 x3214

Inner Strength Summer Program

Morehouse College

Academic, social, economic, and cultural experience focusing on African-American males in the metro Atlanta area.

Project: IT’S TIME

Morehouse College

Self-help educational and personal development project to induce African-American male K-12 students to assume greater responsibility for their own behavior and personal development, as well as for that of their younger peers.

Boys become a part of very small teams, each with a captain who receives points and is visibly rewarded for the good behavior of his team members (homework completed daily, perfect attendance, etc.), and who loses points for misbehavior of his team.

Charles Meadows
404-614-8552

Upward Bound Program

Morehouse College

Exposes 80 9th to 11th-graders in metro Atlanta, Clayton and Meriwether counties to an intensive six-week curriculum.

Courses include English composition, biological sciences, physics, chemistry, math, foreign languages, and computer literacy. Also offers specialized programs for these schools.

Rubye J. Byrd
404-681-2800 x2854

Challenge Programs

University of Georgia

The Torrance Center for Creative Studies is a research and instructional center concerned with identifying and developing creative potential. Its goals are to investigate, implement, and evaluate techniques for enhancing creative thinking, and to facilitate national and international systems that support creative development.

Marty Rhyne
706-542-5104

Clarke County School District Partnership

University of Georgia

UGA, the Clarke County School District, and the Athens community collaborate to improve student learning through the creation of community learning centers which include curriculum, assessment and technology components. Parents, teachers, and staff will be involved in the development of partnership schools.

Students and faculty work with Clarke school teachers and administrators to support speech therapy, social work, music, art, guidance and counseling, psychological, and other services.

Jenny Penny Oliver
706-583-8145

Georgia Future Problem Solving Program

University of Georgia

Teams of K-12 students address complex scientific and social problems of concern today and in the future.

Students gather information, develop problem solving and thinking skills, and improve their communication skills to solve problem topics.

Juanita Mathews-Morgan
706-542-5105

Multi-Site Violence Prevention Program

University of Georgia

Part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention violence prevention program for middle schools being conducted by four universities in the nation.

Project involves 6th to 8th-graders in 12 northeast Georgia schools.

Tracy Elder
706-542-4126

Project A.C.T. Early II: Advancing the Competency of Teachers for Early Behavioral Intervention of At-Risk Children

University of Georgia

Program seeks to better understand the ecological context of risk in elementary schools and help teachers acquire effective classroom strategies to intervene early in children’s school careers.

A three-year longitudinal study involving elementary-aged, at-risk children (due to poor behavioral adaptation to the classroom) and their teachers. Involves about 60 teachers and 1,200 K-5 at-risk students from four Clarke County public schools.

Randy W. Kamphaus
706-542-4253

Wiring the Ties that Bind: Oglethorpe County, Georgia

University of Georgia

Links rural schools and communities by having students, teachers, and university personnel create a virtual museum showcasing area folklore and history.

Michael Hannafin
706-542-3157

Elizabeth Pate
706-542-4292

Project STARRR

University of West Georgia

Two-week summer enrichment program for students participating in the Post-Secondary Readiness Enrichment Program (PREP).

Program features activities in science, technology, art, reading, writing, and 'rithmatic, and includes field trips to area businesses and educational centers.

Bob Powell
770-836-4316

West Georgia Post-Secondary Readiness Enrichment Program (PREP)

University of West Georgia

Academic year program in area schools which are partners in PREP.

Tutoring and homework assistance is provided during the school day and in after-school programs by education majors or para-professionals.

Bob Powell
770-836-4316

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