Hear more about the mission and impact of the Crimson Summer Academy from CSA Director Maxine Rodburg, a CSA mentor, and a student participant. When Jefferson Correia arrived at Syracuse University as a freshman, he sat in a large lecture hall with the school’s dean, along with hundreds of others in the incoming class. When they were asked what they hoped to pursue, several of his peers said finance “because their father was in investment banking,” or because they hoped one day to take over the family business, Correia recalled.“I am sitting there thinking, ‘My dad is a cook … what am I doing here?’ But then, at the same time, because I’d gone through the Crimson Summer Academy [CSA] … I knew I could succeed, because I already did it at CSA. So if I did it once, I could do it again.”Correia, who graduated from Syracuse in 2011, took part in an Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Tuesday along with five other alumni from CSA, an intense academic and college preparatory program founded by Harvard in 2003 to support high-achieving high school students from Boston and Cambridge.The initiative, whose curriculum is based on the theme of students as citizens, brings 30 of them to campus over three consecutive summers for classes, field trips, cultural activities, and discussions with Harvard professors. The program, which is funded by the President’s Office at Harvard University, includes a yearlong mentoring component with Harvard College students and CSA alumni. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a $3,000 scholarship to use at the college or university of their choice.“The culture that has been created at the academy, it’s palpable,” said CSA Director Maxine Rodburg. “This incredibly positive community that supports each other, that lifts each other up, that reaches out — it’s really quite remarkable.”Each graduate had a story about that supportive community. One participant said his CSA experience helped him express himself more freely. Another turned to a CSA friend and mentor for support during a rough freshman year. Others said they were inspired by their challenging summer classes and returned to high school energized and a step ahead in math and writing. And all made long-lasting friendships, and went on to top colleges and universities.Bates College President Clayton Spencer, Harvard’s former vice president for policy who helped to design the College’s current financial aid program during her Harvard tenure, was a driving force behind CSA. During the discussion, Spencer explained how the initiative began as a national pipeline program envisioned by onetime Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers, but quickly morphed into a multiyear initiative with a residential component at the urging of Rodburg, who was director of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Writing Center.“[Maxine said] ‘If you want to do something that really changes lives, this needs to be a local program. It needs to draw from Boston and Cambridge’s most challenging public schools, and [the students] need to come every summer after ninth grade.’“I knew we had a really powerful program from the beginning.”The numbers attest to its success. Ninety percent of CSA graduates have completed college or are on track to do so in four or five years. Another powerful proof of the initiative’s long-term impact comes from those who attended the academy, a closely connected group known as “Crimson scholars.”Gabrielle Farrell said her drive to excel in college and try new things has much do with the confidence she gained at CSA. At one point, Farrell waved to Harvard President Drew Faust, a fellow Bryn Mawr alumna who was seated in the front row of the lecture hall.“Without the CSA, I would never have grasped onto the concept that writing is transformative, and it’s constantly changing. … I remember constantly running back to Maxine for guidance with that, and it all has to do with confidence, and CSA instills that confidence in us.”Andria Bhagwandeen, now a junior at Bates, had a transformative moment during her early days with the CSA program. She remembered her high school English teacher calling her “one of the best writers” she had seen. But when Bhagwandeen arrived at CSA, she failed her first essay assignment three times.“It was at that moment I realized how important CSA became to me in … shaping my academics. Quite honestly, I don’t know where I would have ended up if I didn’t come to CSA. It really paved a whole new way for me to go, and that’s what I’m really thankful for.”For Wesleyan University student Kwame Adams, traveling to see colleges with other CSA participants and meeting with students on various campuses helped him feel more comfortable with the college application process, and with applying to top-tier schools.“Being able to go to those places, eat in a dining hall and talk to a panel of students, and hear from professors … eased our fears and let us know, ‘You can do this. You can be here.’”The Crimson Academy is one of Harvard’s efforts to support students from modest economic backgrounds. In addition to a comprehensive financial aid package to support undergraduates, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) recently announced the rollout of a new initiative, the Harvard College Connection, which is designed to bolster existing efforts to encourage low-income students to apply to Harvard and other selective colleges and universities.The new program will use social media, video, and other Web-based communications to connect with high school students. Harvard admissions officers already travel to more than 140 cities and towns each year — many in low-income areas — to meet with potential students, parents, and guidance counselors.There is a continuing need to reach those students, experts agree. Recent research conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Christopher Avery and his Stanford collaborator Caroline M. Hoxby showed that high-achieving high school students from limited backgrounds aren’t generally applying to elite institutions, in part because they have little exposure to peers attending such schools, or they are unaware of the broad financial aid packages available.Avery, the Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy and Management, is working with Harvard on the College Connection initiative, and is also involved with gathering feedback from CSA alumni about the summer program.The Crimson Summer Academy
RelatedPosts King’s College solicits FG support infrastructure for renewal Finalists emerge for GTBank Master’s Cup Kings’ College holds leadership session for graduating students The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, and others are set to witness the 100 years Inter House Sports of Kings College on Saturday this week. Others to grace the occasion include the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sommy S.T. Echono; Chairman, Sports Connect Consultancy Limited, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh; Director, Basic and Secondary, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja and Chairman, School Based Management Committee, Alhaji Jani Ibrahim. The Director and Principal of Kings College, Lagos, Andrew Agada, who confirmed the development, said: “Sports is important for the proper education of the youth and future leaders of the nation, which Kings College stands for. “It inculcates the virtues of team spirit, emphasises acceptance of rules and ensuring fairness for all. “It keeps them fully occupied outside the classrooms and so they are less available for cultism and other negative activities, which may impair their progress. “It is also an avenue for students to relax after series of academic (brain) work. “As the saying goes: all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.”Preparation Agada said: “Staff and students have been on their toes in the last four months in spite of the tight schedules occasioned by National competitions, which have just been concluded. “Staff at different committee levels and even parents took it upon themselves with courage and determination to put the event of the 100th edition of the Inter House sports together. “We have extended invitation to some eminent Nigerians and even the old Boys of the College. Importance Agada said: “Students in school learn to live together irrespective of tribe, religion, and diverse culture. “Sport remains a unifying factor. “Sports also give the youths training in leadership and National Unity. “A nation whose youths are regularly occupied think less of cultism and other vices, which may impede national/personal progress.Achievements Agada said: “History had it that 1920 was a major milestone in the history of sports in King’s College. “The years between 1920 and 1970 can be described as a Golden Era of Sports in King’s College. “Students broke records in the school and the Country. “The college was also instrumental to the establishment of Athletics Association in Nigeria in 1944. “There were competitions in all four major sports, that is Athletics, Cricket, Football and Hokey. “However, the inter house Athletics competition was one of the biggest sporting events in the College Sporting Calendar. “From this event, so many talents were discovered, nurtured and made to represent Nigeria, among whom was late Alhaji A.K. Amu, who in his lifetime occupied various important positions in the field of sports. “For example, he was one time Director of Sports in the Old Bendel State and member of Top Management at the National Institute for Sports in Lagos State. “Alhaji Femi Okunnu (SAN), another Old Boy, represented the country in various athletics events.”Problems Agada said: “The major problem is the lack of funds to provide equipment and upgrade the existing facilities to meet up with the ever increasing population of the college. “Inadequate human and material resources. “Lack of space is another challenge coupled with loaded curriculum. “There is therefore need for government and other stakeholders like corporate bodies, captains of industries to come to the aid of many yet to be identified talented youths of Nigeria that are in our college.Tags: Adedayo TandohJani Ibrahimkings collegeRilwan AkinoluSommy Echono
Reports are that Black Stars goalkeeper Fatau Dauda sealed a return to AshantiGold just some few hours before the transfer window closed Tuesday.Africanfootball.com understands the 29-year-old has penned a short-term deal.Fatau was available on a free transfer by cancelling his contract with Premier Soccer League side Chippa United after only two months at the club.Dauda is looking to get his career back on track following some uninspiring performances both at club and international levels.His return to AshantiGold proves how determined he is to get back to playing regular football after struggling at Orlando Pirates and Chippa United respectively.But Dauda faces stiff competition from Robert Dabuo and Nana Bonsu who have proven to be reliable pair of hands.