The Summer Hoop of Learning program is designed to provide Native American 9th through 12th grade students the opportunity to earn college credits while in high school. The program will consist of a five week summer session offering one orientation course, an academic course and one elective course, preparing the students to enter into their first college semester. The Hoop of Learning is an indegenous design based on the traditional Native world view of a circle (Hoop) of lifelong development. It was established from a need to help Native Armican students stay in school and pursue a college degree. The program was designed to meet the academic and cultural needs of Native American students. A basic tenet of the Hoop of Learning program is the belief in the importance of young people developing strong positive cultural identities and integrity. Collaboration of student families, program staff, and community partners replicates a traditional tribal community in which children's progresss is monitored and facilitated by a broad network of relations. As in traditional settings, students are expected to fulfill their reponsibility to prepare themselves to contribute to the well-being of the community.
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Starting Date: 1998
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009