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AU, United Planning Organization Team Up to EmPOWER D.C.'s Youth

WHAT:  Kick-off event for POWER (Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness), a college preparatory program for Congress Heights youth

WHO: Program participants (rising seventh graders) and their familes; participating staff, administrators, and teachers

WHEN:  1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13

WHERE: Rooms 3–5, Mary Graydon Center, American University  
                 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

CONTACT: Maggie Barrett, AU Media Relations, or 202-885-5951

American University’s School of Education, Teaching, and Health and the United Planning Organization (UPO) will host a kick-off event to mark the launch of their new partnership program, POWER (Providing Opportunities with Educational Readiness).

POWER is a college readiness program for rising seventh grade students in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Andrea Thomas, director of UPO’s Youth Services Division, says POWER will “serve as a catalyst for future educational success not only for the youth but for their families as well.”

The kick-off will begin at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 13 in AU’s Mary Graydon Center, Rooms 3–5. Program participants and their families will be at the event. They will hear remarks from POWER teachers and AU/UPO participating staff and will take tours of AU’s campus, along with other activities.

Participants will visit AU at least once a month each summer until they graduate from high school. During the course of the program, students will experience weekly advanced educational opportunities, such as field trips and tutoring. 

This summer, the program will have two sessions: one from June 16 to July 16, and one from July 22 to August 20. A concluding celebration will be held on August 21.

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