SMASH Academy at UC Davis for Summer 2016! (Free)

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SMASH is a free, STEM-intensive, college preparatory program for underrepresented high students of color. SMASH boasts a rigorous 5-week, 3-year summer STEM enrichment residential program which provides access to rigorous coursework and access to mentors, role models, and support networks of students of color. SMASH scholars remain engaged during the school year through monthly STEM activities and workshops. The program not only reinforces the students’ STEM academic identities, but also focuses on developing their critical thinking, civic awareness, leadership and sense of social responsibility.

SMASH is currently hosted on the campuses of UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA and will launch at UC Davis Summer 2016.

SMASH Academy has experienced measurable success in the lives of its scholars:

● 100% of SMASH scholars graduate from high school and attend college

● 74% of SMASH alumni declare STEM majors as college freshmen

● 83% of SMASH alumni who declared STEM major as freshmen persisted in STEM major through senior year

They are looking for high achieving, low income African American, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian (e.g. Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong, or Vietnamese) and/or Pacific Islander and Filipino who are currently in 9th grade, preferably enrolled in Geometry or above. The SMASH Davis application deadline is quickly approaching on March 1, 2016.  Learn more about SMASH Academy here.

If appropriate, the site director can also arrange for an on-site presentation. and can be reached at rosalyn@lpfi.org.  Please feel free to forward this information to your administration to assist us in disseminating to current 9th grade students who may benefit from the program