Generation of Promise Program Calendar 2013-2014
(Dates are subject to change pending confirmation of district ‘13-‘14 academic calendars.)
June 10, 2014 Orientation Meeting – This general information session provides students and their parents an opportunity to hear details on the events of the year.
August 22-24, 2014 Orientation Retreat - Students meet each other and the staff for the first time at this weekend orientation retreat at YMCA Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI. Students are introduced to the program philosophy and participate in activities designed to build leadership skills, teamwork, trust, and effective communication skills.
October 8, 2014 Detroit Focus – This event will be hosted in downtown Detroit where students will spend the day learning about the history of the city, including its cultural, social, and political dimensions. The day includes a walking tour and visits with various Detroit leaders.
October 12, 2014 Focus: HOPE Walk – Generation of Promise students will join other Metro Detroiters in this walk to celebrate diversity and support Focus: HOPE’s mission. Optional
November 12, 2014 Cultural Diversity Day - Students are divided into focus groups to explore ethnic or cultural groups by immersing themselves into the local community. Activities may include interviews, presentations, shopping, eating, visits to community agencies and schools, and interaction with residents of culturally specific neighborhoods.
December 10, 2014 Critical Issues - This session allows students to identify and explore the critical issues leaving members of our community on the fringes. Students are free to choose their focus area, which may include teenage crisis, disability awareness, discrimination experienced by the GLBT community, homelessness and poverty, and criminal justice. Each topic is studied experientially through visits to local human service and community agencies, etc.
January – Feb Student Exchanges - This experience is run solely by the participants. Each student selects a student partner with whom they create a mini student-exchange experience. Through shared coordination, each student spends a full school day at the host student's school and later hosts that partner student as his/her own school.
February 11, 2015 Community Exploration - Focus groups spend this day touring each other's neighborhoods, schools, homes, places of worship and communities. The goal of this experience is to break down stereotypes, allow participants to share their individual life experiences, create deeper bonds between participants, and work cooperatively to learn about each other's homes and cultures.
March TBD Understanding Racism – The event will encourage students to understand and articulate the complexities of their racial identities and brainstorm solutions to racial conflict in their communities.
April TBD Final Retreat - Students join together in a closing workshop in which they debrief the activities of the past year, create personal action plans and form a group contract to state their commitment to embracing diversity and addressing the needs of the community. Participants also plan the graduation ceremony, design program t-shirts and write articles for the upcoming newsletter.
May 3, 2015 Graduation - This event celebrates the accomplishments of student participants in the presence of parents, Promise Board Members and community supporters. Students run the ceremony, sharing program experiences and pledging to take active leadership roles in their communities.
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