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The Academy, a 30-week program for students between the 6th and 8th grade, offers a program using sports as the context through which life skills are taught. Our program relies on coaches, teachers, and community volunteers to provide an experience that is (a) activity-based, using sports for a fun character-building experience, (b) empowering, providing opportunities for critical decision-making, and (c) includes positive reinforcement, using praise and feedback on performance. The Academy runs 4 days a week directly after school throughout the school year. We work with teachers and principals to identify 40-60 students who would greatly benefit from our program.
We facilitate classroom lessons focused on The Academy’s core values: integrity, hard work, goal setting, positivity, personal responsibility, respect, and leadership. The curriculum is followed by sports training, skill-building games, and direct instruction. Coaches focus on the student’s development of life skills on and off the court.
The Academy provides multiple one-day educational trips, such as visits to Oregon State University, Concordia University, Portland State University, Portland Community College, local lawyer’s & doctor’s offices, and YMCA Camp Collins. Every year, The Academy provides a one-day trip for 50 students to Oregon State University. The students meet the athletic coaches and athletes and receive instruction about responsibility, staying in school, and the importance of choosing the right friends. The outing is chaperoned by coaches and community role models and includes a chance to attend a college football game.
In the past 6 years, we have had over 400 kids successfully complete the Maurice Lucas Foundation after school academy.
The Maurice Lucas Foundation also offers opportunities for Academy students to earn a scholarship towards their college education. Students who participate in our Academy in its entirety (3 years / 6th-8th grade) will be eligible for a scholarship if they meet the following criteria:
- Graduate from high school in 4 years with at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
- Enroll as a full-time student at a two or four-year college or vocational school
- Maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA at their post-secondary school
- Volunteer in their community 20 hours or more per semester while in school