What might KINDNESS in my community look like?
Academic Excellence Fellowships give us opportunities to get to know and build relationships with Emerging Leaders in our community.
Five questions (the "Phillip Jackson Questions Plus Two") serve as Icebreakers for our first encounter:
How are you doing in school?
What careers interest you?
Where do you want to go to college?
What was the last good book that you read?
What Good Book are you reading now?
We use these Academic Excellence Fellowships also to transmit and reinforce the message that "People care about your education and you can go to amazing colleges and universities!"
Celebrating Academic Excellence is yet another way we support Emerging Leaders. Sometimes, we "just show up. Other times, we participate in arranging Academic Excellence Celebrations.
College Visits allow us and young people we serve the chance "to breathe air" at amazing colleges and universities. We focus on Tier One Universities and colleges that are committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need for accepted students. We make an effort to get a number greater than zero of Emerging Leaders from public schools in low-income ZIP codes to dare apply to these mainly out-of-state colleges and universities.
The Kindness Project is a three-year on-going effort involving seniors in the University of the Incarnate Word HEB School of Business Capstone II Class. Each semester, a Capstone II team shares their Kindness in support of helping make Sam Houston High the School of Choice for students on the Eastside, within SAISD, in San Antonio and in Bexar County. Also included under the Kindness Project are a limited number of opportunities for Emerging Leaders to serve as Kindness Fellow Interns who help us witness and celebrate Academic Excellence on San Antonio's Eastside.
Partnerships with Others allow us to tap into the rich gifts of Kindness others share with Emerging Leaders to inspire and nurture the human spirit.