High School Transition Program Comes to UNLV

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Students speak with Superintendent of Schools Dwight D. Jones on July 15

(Las Vegas, NV) – Fifty at-risk middle school students in the After-School All-Stars program will attend CampUs® Las Vegas July 11-16 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Students will participate in workshops with influential and successful community members, learn about graduation requirements, complete a mock college application, engage in a community service learning activity and attend a student awards ceremony – all while staying in UNLV’s dormitories.

Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight D. Jones will address the students on Friday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m. in the Marietta Tiberti Grand Hall, UNLV Tam Alumni Center, 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.

CampUs® was created in response to America’s severe high school dropout crisis.  Research shows 1.2 million students dropping out each year – one every 26 seconds – most of which occur in 9th grade.  The CampUs® Las Vegas summer program builds upon We Are Ready, ASAS’ middle to high school transition program that takes place during the school year.

CampUs® Las Vegas is hosted in partnership with After-School All-Stars Las Vegas and UNLV Division of Educational Outreach. This program is possible due to funding from the Windsong Trust and Nevada College Access Challenge Grant (NVCACG), which is sponsored by the Nevada System of Higher Education in its efforts to dramatically increase the number of new college entrants, particularly for low-income, underrepresented and/or underserved students in the state.

Las Vegas is one of seven sites hosting CampUs® programs in 2011.  Others include San Francisco, San Diego, South Florida, Hawaii, New York and Los Angeles.  In total, more than 400 youth will participate in the program this year.

About After-School All-Stars Las Vegas:

After-School All-Stars Las Vegas provides opportunities for underprivileged youth to participate in free after-school and summer programs that focus on academics, athletics and cultural enrichment.  Local programs include tutoring, homework help, language and literacy skills, arts and crafts, dance, music, computers, chess, creative writing, soccer, swimming, cooking and media – just to name a few.   Since its inception, After-School All-Stars has positively affected the lives of more than 100,000 Southern Nevada youth.  Today, there are more than 6,000 youth from 15 different schools participating in the program. For more information, visit www.asaslv.org or call (702)-770-7601.

About the UNLV Division of Educational Outreach:

The Division of Educational Outreach extends UNLV’s educational resources to the community, state and beyond to serve learner needs and community interests through innovative courses and comprehensive programs. It works with more than 50,000 clients annually and provides lifelong learning opportunities. The division’s Youth Program in the Office of Community2Campus offers continuing education opportunities to Southern Nevada youth to motivate learning and cultivate future university students. For more information, call (702) 895-5913 or visit http://edoutreach.unlv.edu/community2campus.

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