Civic Engagement High School Partnership

The Civic Engagement High School Partnership promotes increased competency in core academic subject areas—History, English, and STEM disciplines—as well as builds and sustains a college-going culture at traditionally underrepresented and historically underperforming Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The program seeks to address the disparities in high school education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools that leave many underserved students unprepared for a college education by improving access to resources for college preparedness and increasing aptitude in the skills necessary for collegiate success; including note-taking, studying, and critical analysis.

Upper-level University of Miami undergraduates with majors in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines are invited to participate in the Science Made Sensible Program. the goal of the program is to enhance the public school curriculum with innovative activities; enable UM students to translate their academic interests into practical classroom learning; and foster intellectual engagement among the youth of our community. For more information, contact Dr. Megan Gillespie in the Office of Undergraduate Research and community outreach at m.gillespie1@umiami.edu or by phone at (305) 284-5058.

University of Miami undergraduate students with majors in English, History, American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Africana Studies are invited to partner with Southridge High School teachers in history and language arts to enhance the curriculum, deliver creative guest lectures, and mentor students on the road to college. This initiative is designed to produce a mutually beneficial collaboration among high school teachers, UM undergraduates, and high school students. The goal of this initiative is to promote a college-going culture among traditionally under-served high school students; enhance the public school curriculum with innovative lectures and projects; enable UM students to translate their research interests into practical classroom learning; and foster intellectual engagement among the youth of our community.

Program Requirements:

1. Giving three guest lectures over the course of the semester
2. Working with assigned teacher on curricular enhancement for three lesson plans
3. Meeting with assigned teacher five times throughout the semester to discuss curricular plans
4. Mentoring students by talking with them about collegiate culture, study habits, test-taking skills, etc.
5. Work on the Partnership for a minimum of 70 volunteer hours
Applications for Spring 2018 will open early Fall 2017. At this time, you must be one of the following: English, History, American Studies, Latin American Studies, or Africana Studies major or minor to participate.