Counselors at the 2015 UP Through Education Summit
No path to success was ever walked alone. ALL WAYS UP is proud to partner with deserving and determined youth in a variety of meaningful ways. Our special programs provide unique mentoring experiences that build momentum — empowering youth with life-changing self-confidence and invaluable social, educational and leadership skills.
UP THROUGH EDUCATION SUMMITS
One of ALL WAYS UP's core support programs is the UP Through Education Summit, a dynamic five-day, four-night retreat designed to assist 60 low-income, first-generation rising college freshmen make a successful transition into and through college. Many underserved students are faced with educational gaps that can be a barrier to their collegiate success. Instead of focusing solely on academic achievement, the UP Through Education Summit empowers students to take control of their own success by instilling self-confidence through the retreat's theme, "My Life, My Choice, My Future."
The summit opens at the UCLA Ropes and Challenge course, where students are encouraged to "challenge by choice." Each student must choose to work as a team and overcome complicated obstacle courses, such as scaling a 30-foot light pole and jumping to a trapeze bar while being fully secured in a harness. Through this exercise students learn that if they challenge themselves, all things are possible.
The activities then transition to focus on teaching the students, through fun and engaging workshops, the importance of their personal brand; successful time management and study habit techniques; and effective networking skills, as well as dispelling the stigma of asking for help and acquiring tools to overcome possible fears of self-doubt. One of the most important tools acquired at the Summit is a sense of self-assurance — that no matter what the students may encounter during the first year of college, they believe that they belong there and have all the necessary resources and knowledge to readjust, seek assistance and be successful.
All 50 students in attendance also receive a collegiate scholarship (up to $2,500) and education support through the ALL WAYS UP Scholarship Program, which includes assistance with their classes, grades, major selections, financial aid and more. Each student is eligible for an annual scholarship for up to four years while they are enrolled in college. Click here to view a video from the 2016 UP Through Education Summit.
6th Annual UP Through Education Summit
WHEN: June 25-29, 2017
WHERE: UCLA Campus
ALL WAYS UP's goal over the next few years is to expand the number of scholarships awarded to 1,000 students, with annual support of more than $2 million. Towards that goal, in August of 2016 ALL WAYS UP held its 1st annual UP Through Education Mini Summit. This summer, ALL WAYS UP will add a second Mini Summit for students living in Denver. These Summits are abbreviated events for more than 100 rising college freshmen. These students will also be eligible for renewable collegiate scholarships (up to $2,500) and education support through the ALL WAYS UP Scholarship Program.
1st Annual UP Through Education Denver Mini Summit
WHEN: July 15, 2017
WHERE: Denver University Campus
2nd Annual UP Through Education Mini Summit
WHEN: August 5-6, 2017
WHERE: UCLA Campus
To date, ALL WAYS UP has sent more than 750 kids to summer camp.
The All Ways Up Summer Camp program was created to provide youth ages 6-17 with scholarships to attend summer camp. This program ensures that parents have a safe place to send their children during the summer months. ALL WAYS UP has committed to send 250 youth to camp each summer.
Every year ALL WAYS UP works with PK Management, LLC, one of its national sponsors, to select a handful of Section 8 Housing buildings for the Summer Camp program. All tenants with children ages 6-17 are eligible to apply. In exchange, parents of Summer Camp participants are asked to commit to 10-20 hours of community service.
This summer, ALL WAYS UP Scholar Na'eem Wilkins started a summer camp at his childhood home in Norfolk, Virginia. Na'eem was highlighted on his local tv station for "Making his Mark":