Youth and Pre-College Program participants engage in a number of personal development activities throughout the summer that focus on five key areas of growth:
- Personal characteristics (self-esteem, honesty, fairness)
- Communication skills (constructive criticism, listening skills)
- Leadership abilities (responsibility, tolerance, flexibility)
- Teamwork skills (collective decision making, treating others with respect)
- Future planning (setting long-term goals, planning ahead)
The primary goal of UCC's Youth and Pre-College Programs to increase the graduation rate of Hispanics in Milwaukee and encourage continued education beyond high school to improve the long-term earning power of the students. The significant long-term outcomes include:
- A higher percentage of Hispanic students will gain entrance into the college/technical degree or apprenticeship program of their choice.
- Students successful in high school and beyond will build a bridge to self-sufficiency for Hispanics.
- Future leaders of Hispanic origin will be nurtured to fill the existing gap for such leadership.
Specific services made available to all students include:
- After school tutoring in core subjects
- Academic and personal counseling
- Workshops on setting goals and study skills
- One-on-one mentoring
- After school and summer recreation and enrichment programs
- Visits to college campuses, businesses, and cultural events
- ACT preparation (10 sessions at 2 hours each)
- Volunteer opportunities
- Athletic leagues and open gym