Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation Collegiate Academy Summer Session 2020
Office Address: 129 Allen Place, Hartford, CT 06106 (Collegiate Academy classes are held on Trinity College’s Campus)
- Academic Enrichment
- Career Exploration
- Creative Writing
- Science Activities
Ages Served:11–14 years old
Areas Served:Bloomfield, Hartford, Newington, West Hartford
Program Length:5–6 weeks
Start Date:June 29, 2020 (first session)
End Date:July 30, 2020 (last session)
Hours of Operation:8:00 am–3:30 pm, Monday–Friday
Free - Participants are required to attend the entire 5-week session.
129 Allen Place
Hartford, CT 06106
More about our camp:
Need: The program for which these funds are requested is located in Hartford, CT. Hartford’s median household income is less than half the state average at $33,841 (vs. CT $73,781) and the 16.0% unemployment rate (vs. CT 7.2%) contributes to Hartford’s 31.4% of persons below the poverty level (vs. CT 9.6%). In Hartford, 33.7% of families with children under the age of 18 are living below the poverty level (vs. CT 10.4%). Hartford’s on-time high school graduation rate is approximately 71% (vs. CT 87%); only 72.7% of residents (vs. CT 90.2%) have a high school diploma or better; and only 16.6% have a bachelor’s degree or better (vs. CT 38.4%).
HYS’ programs provide Hartford middle school students with services helping them to develop strong study, personal, social and other skills making them prepared for academic excellence in high school and college. This directly addresses the critical educational needs of Hartford students, and will help to make meaningful changes to the above statistics.
In 2018-19, we served 254 Scholars and their families; of these 38% were male and 62% female. These students self-identified as 63% Black, 24% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 1% White and 7% multi-racial. 86% of HYS Scholars’ families have been identified as low or low-moderate income.
What makes HYS unique? Many organizations in and around Hartford are working hard to improve scholastic opportunities for Hartford students in grades k-12; most have not yet recognized the importance of shifting the focus from getting students accepted to college to getting students to graduate from college.
Hartford Youth Scholars has spent a decade developing and cultivating a culture of college-expectation for students from Hartford and their families, and today we know that, besides academic preparation, there is a host of issues complicating first-generation college students’ completion of a 4-year degree. Our college support services help young people to navigate complicated financial aid and tuition billing systems; guide students to counseling, tutoring and other personnel on college campuses; and provide ongoing moral support helping our Scholars to keep their eye on the graduation-prize when things get tough.
Overall Program Service Accomplishments: HYS is currently serving 254 Hartford students, providing them with the tools to be successful in middle school, high school and college, along with 39 alumni (college graduates). Current highlights include:
- 97% current (2018) retention rate;
- 100% high school graduation; and
- 98% college enrollment.