Summer Programs Enliven Campus

Multiple summer programs serving youth and adults are taking place at Holy Names University this summer.

“This past week the summer HNU campus was the busiest that I have witnessed in my three years here,” President William Hynes said in a letter to the campus community on July 25. “We are enlivened by our summer school, the Sophia Summer Institute, the Kodály Summer Institute, the Teacher Apprentice Program and the Summer Bridge program, the Suzuki piano teacher training program, the Upward Bound summer program, the Raskob Institute summer program, as well as Girls Inc.”

Adult Classes and Programs
Adult students have been on campus to take part in summer school classes. In addition to students working toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees, many adults participated in summer training programs. These programs include the Kodály Summer Institute, which offers an intensive introduction to Kodály philosophy, musicianship training, curriculum development, and pedagogical techniques; the Summer Suzuki Institute, which focuses on piano teaching strategies for teachers and parents in the Suzuki tradition; and the Sophia Summer Institute, which brought together spirituality, ecology, and social justice leaders to discuss nature and the soul.

Summer Bridge Program
Holy Names University’s Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) co-sponsored the 2013 Summer Bridge program with West Contra Costa Unified School District. About 85 high school students who hope to attend HNU through the Early Admit Program took part in the four-week Summer Bridge program on campus. TAP apprentices and master teachers worked with students in examining proposed legislation for immigration reform, hip-hop stories and culture, math for engineers, and other topics. TAP also worked with middle school students at Bret Harte Middle School. Participants investigated local communities through map making, book writing, and urban study tours, which included trips to the Asian Art Museum and Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.

Upward Bound Summer Program
About 80 students from public high schools in Oakland also visited campus to participate in the Upward Bound summer program. The goal of the Upward Bound program is to increase the rates at which young adults graduate from post-secondary institutions by providing support with the college admissions process and examinations.

The six-week summer program included one week of educational and cultural enrichment workshops that explored topics such as broadcasting, nutrition, and graffiti art; four weeks of summer classes that prep the students for their forthcoming year in high school; and one week of traveling to colleges in California and beyond. Students competed for the chance to live in the dorms for two weeks while attending summer classes, and took part in a talent show and parent night. The students also participated in Challenge Day, an anti-bullying training that provides coaching to build empathy and develop emotional intelligence.

“Our program is really holistic. We develop the whole student. In addition to working on their academic development, we are also working on their interpersonal and relationship building skills,” says Upward Bound Director Nolan Jones. “We see students that are very shy, but by the end of the program are very confident and extroverted. I think this transformation is due to the community we build—the workshops we offer, the collective work that happens with our teaching staff.”

Raskob Summer Program
Recommended by the Northern California branch of the International Dyslexia Association, the Raskob Learning Institute and Day School offered a six-week summer program for elementary and middle school students with learning challenges. Participants joined individual educational therapy on a daily basis and attended small academic and enrichment classes that taught them strategies to address learning challenges. In the afternoons, students swam at the HNU pool, and then returned to the Raskob Institute for crafts and cooperative games.

Girls Inc. Programming
Girls Inc. of Alameda County brought participants to HNU for hands-on activities focusing on academic achievement and skills building in math, science, technology, and sports. Girls Inc. is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

HNU Athletics Camps
In addition, HNU held summer athletic camps for kids. Players were grouped according to age and skill level, and they played sports every afternoon. Girls participated in basketball, volleyball, softball, and co-ed soccer camps (there is an additional girls basketball camp in August). Boys participated in basketball and co-ed soccer camps.

“The sports camps are important for kids because it provides an opportunity for them to be active and enjoy sports taught by college coaches and HNU student-athletes,” said Jovan Yamagishi, HNU summer sports camp coordinator and head coach of the men’s and women’s soccer teams. “By participating in these camps, kids learn skills of the game as well as life lessons, such as the correct ways of interacting and communicating with coaches and teammates.”

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