Academics – Students will prepare and practice for the High School Exit Exam, ACT/SAT Preparation, and Tutorial Program to assist them in weak areas of study. Software for the High School Exit Exam and ACT/SAT will be purchased to allow students to practice for the exam. Homework assistance will also be available for students enrolled in the program.
Leadership Development – Students will be exposed to the needs of the community of Mobile County with special emphasis on the city of Prichard. Speakers from various community service agencies will be requested to come out and speak to the participants, and field trips will be developed to allow students to be exposed to the agencies and their clientele. Participants will learn about different leadership skills and the duties and responsibilities of various offices, e.g., president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary, etc.
As a result of participants visiting various agencies and listening to different speakers, they will be broken into groups accompanied by their mentors to develop projects to address some of the needs based on a list gathered from site visits in Prichard. The groups will work to identify the need, the response for addressing the need, what will be the long-term effect, etc. Some examples of project topics include child abuse, domestic violence, economic growth, crime, etc. Each group will be requested to make a formal presentation either orally or via PowerPoint presentation. Staff of the University of Mobile, city officials, parents and other guest, will be invited to attend the presentations from each group.
Soft Skills Development – Students will have the opportunity to learn about various elements of soft skills that they will be able to utilize in life. Such skills will consist of decision-making, money smart (financial literacy), resumé writing, time management, career development/job search, team building, etc.
Etiquette Skills Development – Every student should be equipped with the skills needed to interact socially. We will introduce the students to various etiquette courses on dining, dress attire, work behavior, telephone protocol, meeting people, etc.
Recreation – Participants will interact socially in a competitive and non-competitive atmosphere. Good sportsmanship will be encouraged and required during competitive activities.
Cultural Enrichment – Mobile and Prichard possess many historical sites, museums and other places of interest. The participants will be exposed to those sites throughout the course of the program. Tours will be established where participants will have the opportunity to visit and learn many historical facts regarding Prichard and Mobile.
Field Trips – A field trip will be developed at the end of the summer activities that will allow participants and mentors the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to visit various cultural sites and tour Capitol Hill to meet the Alabama and local delegation.
Parent Workshops – Parents will be active in the RamKids Program and workshops will be developed by the Parenting Department of the Mobile County Public School System to engage parents in their child’s life. They will initiate and conduct those workshops throughout the academic year.