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What We Did During I Can!

In what has become one of the most unique Middle School summer experiences in Western New York, The I Can! Residential Program just completed it's 3rd year and it was definitely our best yet. I Can! was our primary focus in the month of July with one week of orientation and 3 weeks of programming for students from our 3 partner schools.

Here's a list of the programming that we provided our future College Scholars:

  • ​SEL skills workshops in leadership and goal setting

  • Recreation focused on team-building

  • College Etiquette workshop, where students learned the expected behaviors of college scholars

  • Q&A Session with UB student-athletes

  • Values workshop

  • Games and activities surrounding college knowledge terms

  • Art Department workshops

  • College classes taught by real professors — Computer Science 101, Intro to African American Studies, Intro to Criminal Law, Ecology, Psychology.

  • Campus tour/admissions presentation

  • Daily reflection time

  • Opportunity to write personal letters to school counselors

  • Family engagement presentation and dinner

  • Daily prize drawing

  • Meals at the UB Dining Hall

Our entire team was invested in making this the best possible experience for students and it was a resounding success. In total, we were able to serve 40 grade 6 thru 8 students from our partner schools with many believing they can go to college!

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