It’s a well known fact that the pathway out of poverty is through education and that education is the great equalizer to a better life and better health. Many of our students in the Seattle/King County area are faced with success impeding obstacles beyond their control; such as living in low-to-no income households, experiencing homeless, being victims of abuse, premature exposure to the juvenile justice system or even experiencing early parenthood.  To address the needs of these students in our community, the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle has teamed up with local partners to offer a culturally responsive environment for students to thrive, become successful and grow — Summer University!

Summer University is an intensive 6-week program between the months of July – August designed to expand professional and academic interest using culturally relevant curriculum to stimulate learning. 

Each class will consist of 75-100 students selected on a first come, first served basis. Classes will be held Monday – Friday from 9AM – 3PM.

Morning activities will  alternate between

  • Math classes (because most students are behind in math related credits, Summer University offers 36 hours of math total);
  • Life skills; and, 
  • African American history led by local community members and leaders

Afternoons will focus on topics such as:

  • Careers Exploration
  • College Readiness (admissions process, financial aid applications (FAFSA), writing college essays)
  • Time Management
  • Business Etiquette
  • Stress Management
  • Enhancing Communication Skills
  • Financial Coaching

Each Friday there will be a field trip conducted in collaboration with one of our Summer University partners or sponsors including the Northwest African-American Museum (NAAM), the University of Washington (UW), Microsoft, Google, and Boeing. 

Summer University aims to engage students in technology coursework that will pique their interest in the tech industry; a career field that has a low percentage of African American in technology occupations and continues to become a growing avenue of employment.

Instruction will be collaborative and enhanced by exposure to Microsoft, Boeing, and Google and enrichment activities led by African American community members, to include college readiness, etiquette classes, African American history, leadership development, and weekly field trips to employers and colleges to expand the scope of opportunities and potential interests that are available.

Summer University does not discriminate against race or gender. Participants only need to meet the following requirements:

  • 13 – 18 years old
  • Enrolled in the Seattle public school district (Preferred but not required. students in the King County area may still apply but will be selected on a secondary basis.)
  • Have completed and submitted a Summer University online registration form (click register below to get started!)

Summer University is open to any individual with a diverse background, including but not limited to:

  • Youth who have been formerly justice involved
  • Those experiencing homelessness

Students who are interested in participating in Summer University must first complete the online registration form by clicking “register” below. Once you complete the online registration form, a member of the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle education team will reach out to you within 48 hours with instructions on how to complete the registration process!

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