The vibrant atmosphere of the campus during the summer semester is enhanced by the many educational programs offered at ABAC. One program that has proven to make an educational contribution to the success of future college students is the Georgia Migrant Education Program Leadership Academy II at ABAC.
Members of the leadership academy come from migrant families that must move constantly to work. The moves cause great learning disruptions in the students’ academic progress. If left unattended, these students would not have all the knowledge to fully take advantage of opportunities that will arise.
Thanks to the federally funded initiative, 11th and 12th grade students are able to prepare for future academic challenges. The two-week residential program aims to educate migrant students about different aspect of college life, such as study skills, career awareness and social activities.
Participants were given a taste of the level of academic performance that professors will be expecting. They were also taught the importance of giving back to communities by volunteering at nursing homes or nonprofit organizations such as the Salvation Army.
On June 28, the students and their families came together to celebrate the end of the program where students gave testimony about what they had learned throughout the two-week journey.
Guest speaker Lolita Munoz from Pelham, an ABAC student and prior participant of the leadership academy, inspired and shared her journey about developing from a shy struggling migrant student to a confident college student.
At the end of the ceremony, each member walked with a smile to receive a certificate for completion of the summer program. Afterward they walked with their proud parents for a great lunch at the Donaldson Dinning Hall.
“The program is designed to give students an extra push so they can be prepared for real college professors,” Israel Cortez, Coordinator of the Georgia Migrant Education Program, said at the end of the ceremony.
“Overall it was great, and students were able to see what they will need in the future.”