From June 17 until June 21, DeSales University is hosting the DREAMS program and the Futuros Empresarios (Fé) program, providing free educational enrichment, guidance and hands-on experience to more than 50 students from local high schools. Each student is paired with one of six college student mentors from DeSales with whom they will maintain contact even after the programs conclude to provide them with a lasting source of guidance.
“The Dreams Program and the Fé program provide a wonderful opportunity for students to be able to begin to think about their future goals,” said Wendy Krisak, director of counseling at DeSales and director of the Dreams Program. “They begin to explore who they are and who they want to be down the road. Our goal is to have the students leave this week knowing that their futures are bright and filled with many options.”
The students will actively learn, studying math and computer science, English, and natural science. During their time on campus, they will complete group research projects on assigned pharmaceutical drugs that will be presented as a culmination of what they have achieved over the course of the week.
In between their studies, the attendees will have many opportunities to relax and have fun doing planned activities which include a bowling trip, an ice cream party, a miniature golf trip, and Bingo night.
The DREAMS program offers services to high school students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds including but not limited to; Latin American, Hispanic American, African American, American Indian and/or potentially first generation college students.
The students enrolled in this program are spending the week living in the residence halls on DeSales’ campus, participating in several activities each day that promote education and emphasize not only the importance of a college education but the definite possibility of higher education in their future.
The Fé program at DeSales University provides area high school students with comprehensive life/business skills and entrepreneurial training, thereby helping to increase their chances for educational, economic, personal and social success. The program includes a residential component along with trips and cultural activities that will expand each student’s knowledge and appreciation for cultures. Students who complete the Fé program are then enrolled in a 6-week internship with a local business.
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