Support makes institutes happen

Posted: Friday, April 10, 2009

I am writing to extend our thanks to Homer Foundation's Youth Advisory Committee and the benefactors of the Ashley J. Logan Fund for support of Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula's Summer Institute. This year's summer institute, "Inventing Your Future," will host over 40 students at the Kenai Peninsula College campus in Homer and at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory across Kachemak Bay.

Summer institutes are one part of Project GRAD's comprehensive program that supports quality public school education for youth in economically disadvantaged communities such that high school graduation rates increase and graduates are prepared to enter college and succeed.

The institutes offer scholars from small, rural Kenai Peninsula schools a rare opportunity to experience college life -- the campus, professors and a challenging curriculum in a supportive atmosphere.

Since it is the first time for most scholars to be on a college campus, summer institutes play a very important role in helping students realistically envision themselves as college students and create excitement about attending college.

PGKP's summer institute makes an impact on students in every school, encouraging students to see beyond present circumstances, work up to their potential and make their dreams come true. Likewise, the Youth Advisory Committee makes an impact in many sectors in Homer, helping youth invent better futures. Project GRAD is honored to receive your support.

Bonnie Powell, executive director

Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula

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