100 Black Men of DC – National
The 100 Black Men of America trains its members, who are all volunteers, using a curriculum entitled Mentoring the 100 Way, which stresses the long term commitment required and teaches effective and innovative mentoring concepts. The 100 Black Men has expanded over the decades from classroom and school-based mentoring programs to community mentoring and to deploying our mentoring concept in schools run by the 100. While improving educational achievement is a significant goal of our mentoring efforts, Mentoring the 100 Way focuses on developing our mentees from elementary school to career.
826DC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Throughout the school year and even in the summer, 826DC offers a wide roster of programs for students that includes in-school sessions, workshops, after-school tutoring, and innovative student publishing opportunities that range from personal chapbooks to professional-looking anthologies.
A Better Chance – National *
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.
Academically Interested Minds (AIM) – Kettering University – National
AIM (Academically Interested Minds) is a five-week residential pre-college summer program which began in 1984 and has continued to thrive over the years. The program is designed to augment Kettering University's efforts to reach a greater number of multicultural students who have a strong interest in the areas of engineering, math, science and business.
ACE Mentor (ACE DC) – National
Started in 2000, the ACE Mentor Program of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area, Inc. (ACE DC) is a partnership of architects, construction managers, engineers, designers, professional societies and organizations, high schools and universities. Through this partnership, we provide mentors who guide student teams from the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and Maryland public schools as they explore educational and career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering. The teams meet every other week after school.
ACT-SO – National
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
Asian American LEAD (AALEAD)
Founded in 1998 by Ms. Sandy Dang, AALEAD’s mission is to promote the well-being of low-income and underserved Asian American youth through education, leadership, and community building. Our highly dedicated staff and Board deliver specialized afterschool programs, one-on-one mentoring, academic support resources, and life skill development for students. We also assist parents with school-related issues affecting their children.
Black Student Fund (BSF) *
The Black Student Fund (BSF) is dedicated to bringing people together by maintaining access to independent schools for Black children from low to modest income households. The BSF was established in 1964 and provides scholarships as well as essential support services to Black students in grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. The Black Student Fund prepares children for life and helps to create a rich, equitable educational environment in which students and adults from different racial and economic backgrounds benefit from regular interaction.
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.
Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization in Washington, DC. Using food as a tool, Brainfood builds life skills and promotes healthy living in a fun and safe environment. Brainfood programs provide high school aged youth the opportunity to learn about food, nutrition, cooking, and jobs in the food industry through activities, games, restaurant visits, cooking in our kitchen, and working with guest chefs.
Brave Heart Entrepreneurial Youth Camp
The Brave Heart Entrepreneurial Youth Camp is a year-round enrichment opportunity; our mission is to prepare our youth for Today, Tomorrow, and Forever by equipping them with relevant entrepreneurial skills and business knowledge that will give them an alternative option for creating a healthy, happy, and prosperous life for themselves.Capital Partners for Education
Capital Partners for Education works with motivated, low-income Washington, DC area youth to get to and through college via a proven combination of mentoring, partnerships with quality high schools, tuition assistance, and a customized array of academic, career, and life skills development.
Capitol Movement, Inc. (CMI)
Ages: 6 and Up
At Capitol Movement, Inc. (CMI) it is our mission to build better lives through dance. We strive to provide programs and opportunities for all, despite socioeconomic barriers, by offering traveling classrooms for schools and community partners in need of arts education programming. We assist young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds via dance scholarship programs as well as training at our summer camp intensives, annual conventions, and outreach classes.
Carleton Liberal Arts Experience – National
Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.
Chess Challenge in DC
Chess Challenge in DC seeks to promote the academic, social, and leadership development of youth in the District of Columbia. Using the game of chess, children learn to think strategically; develop self-discipline and positive social skills; and increase their self-esteem.
CodeNow is a DC based non-profit focused on teaching underrepresented high school students foundational skills in computer programming through free extracurricular off-campus trainings. This is essential because it lowers the barriers normally associated with programming by opening the door at an earlier stage when youth are just beginning to explore their options and opportunities.
College Advocate identifies minority and low to moderate-income high school juniors with strong academic records and provides each of them (on a personalized basis) with an intensive line-up of services comparable to what affluent students receive at elite private schools. College Advocate provides these students with the counseling and support to make them competitive in the college application process.
College and Career Connections (CCC)
CCC’s flagship program, OnTrack!, provides early college and career exposure for 400 youth from DC’s lowest-income communities. This two-year program provides an interactive series of classroom workshops during the school day to all eighth and ninth grade students at partner schools.
College Success Foundation DC
We provide a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships for underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate college and succeed in life. The CSF–DC model provides a pipeline of supports beginning in 7th grade and continuing through college completion and initial employment. CSF–DC helps students successfully navigate the critical transition from middle to high school. At other levels, emphasis is on the 9th to 10th grade transition, the high school to college transition, the first to second year persistence in postsecondary programs and degree completion to employment and career.
College Tribe’s mission is to increase the amount of African American young men from Ward 8 who go to college and become successful men. Our model for achieving the mission is: 1. African American men mentoring African American boys and young men over the long term, 2. volunteers and tutors assisting the scholars achieve academic and social success, 3. creating partnerships with organizations and community institutions to leverage resources for our young men, and 4. emphasize STEM education.
CS@GW – George Washington University
CS@GW (Computer Science at George Washington) provides summer courses in game development, animation, Java, and robotics. No programming knowledge required. Middle school and high school students are invited to apply.
D.C. Boys Choir
The mission of the D.C. Boys Choir is to identify musically talented young male students and help them to develop self-esteem by revealing and nurturing their creativity through artistic expression.
DC College Access Program (DC-CAP)
In partnership with DC public and public charter school systems, DC-CAP provides direct counseling and financial assistance to students who might otherwise never have the opportunity to go to college. Additionally, DC-CAP works in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the corporate community, colleges, universities, and other college access programs.
District of Columbia National Guard Youth Leader's Camp
The District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) Youth Leaders' Camp is a 2-week residential leadership development program for boys and girls ages 11-15. Since 1968, the DCNG, through its Annual Youth Leaders’ Camp has provided over 6000 students throughout the D.C. Metropolitan area the opportunity to learn and implement the principles of leadership, citizenship, and good sportsmanship through classroom discussions, competitive sports, and recreational activities. Campers are exposed to recreational and educational summer experiences, adding to their interpersonal growth and development returning them to their communities as role models and responsible future leaders.
Dreams for Kids DC
Dreams for Kids replaces charity with opportunity for at-risk youth through service, leadership and social activities and inspires them to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.
Dreams Work continuously strives to meet the needs of youth by providing them with the opportunity to gain life-building skills using the arts. They will utilize their talent(s) through performances, as a way to spread awareness and education about various social issues throughout the community.
For the Love of Children (FLOC)
For Love of Children (FLOC) provides educational services beyond the classroom to help students succeed from first grade through college and career. FLOC brings together students, volunteers, families, and community partners in proven programs that teach, empower, and transform.
George Washington University Upward Bound
Upward Bound (UB) at The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) declares its commitment to provide supplemental education, extracurricular resources and opportunities for low income, potential first-generation college students to facilitate their matriculation into an accredited, 4-year post-secondary institution. Our program primarily identifies students having an expressed desire to pursue medical and allied health careers and offers extensive exposure and accessibility to these disciplines in addition to the core academic subjects: English Composition and Literature; Integrated Mathematics; Laboratory Science; and Foreign Language.
Girls Inc. of DC – National
Our goal is to provide every girl with a safe after school environment where she can try new things, master physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges and develop the goals and skills that will lead her to a successful future. We do this by focusing on health and wellness, financial literacy, college preparation, career exposure, leadership development and the STEM fields.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) – National
The HSF's mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by awarding scholarships and assisting students and their families in navigating the barriers to college access and completion.
Howard University Upward Bound Mathematics & Science
The Howard University Upward Bound Mathematics and Science (UBMS) has been funded since 1991 to serve 68 participants annually. UBMS serves students from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The major thrust of the program is to increase students’ confidence in their mathematics and science ability so that they will pursue undergraduate majors and careers in mathematics and the sciences.
“I Have a Dream” Foundation – National
The "I Have A Dream" Foundation is working to ensure that all children have the opportunity to pursue higher education. We empower children in low-income communities to achieve higher education by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.
Institute for College Preparation (ICP) – Georgetown University
Georgetown University’s Institute for College Preparation (ICP) is a pre-college academic enrichment program that provides comprehensive support to District of Columbia area public middle and high school students to empower them to graduate from high school and succeed in college. Georgetown’s ICP adopts students, starting in the 7th grade, from targeted middle schools and supports them through their first year of college. ICP strives not only to educate students in the academic sense, but also to instill confidence and to build a desire for education in students by providing them with highly enriching experiences.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – National
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.
Jump Start – University of Maryland
The Jump Start Program will invite 100 rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in a week-long summer science immersion program at the University of Maryland. The program is jointly sponsored by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). HHMI supports programs that promote knowledge of the basic sciences and enhance the training of future biomedical scientists. Students considering a career in the sciences will have the opportunity to learn the tools of modern life sciences research and experience the excitement of discovery. In addition to carrying out laboratory investigations, students will participate in seminars and professional development workshops. The program is free for all participants.
Latin American Youth Center (LAYC)
The mission of the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) is to empower a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths' social, academic, and career needs. Programming includes educational enhancement, social services, the arts, etc.
Latino Student Fund (LSF)
The mission of the Latino Student Fund (LSF) is to provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for PreK-12th grade students of Hispanic descent to promote higher education and professional leadership. The LSF has many services available for Latino families and students. Our educational programs support Latino students in grades PreK-12 and our supplemental services support the entire family. Youth services include the scholars program, tutoring, mentoring, college prep, SAT prep and more.
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) – National
LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to developing leaders for our nation by helping exceptional public high school students who come from underserved backgrounds gain admission to the country's leading colleges and universities.
Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS)2 – Phillips Academy Andover
The (MS)2 program was founded in 1977 to address the compelling need to cultivate the mathematical and scientific abilities of economically disadvantaged African American, Latino, and Native American high school students from targeted cities and communities across the United States. In a residential setting on the historic Phillips Academy campus, the three-summer program challenges students intellectually and exposes them to peers and educators with diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and aspirations.
Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) – MIT – National
Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program, The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers three rigorous residential and online academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. By submitting a MITES application, students are automatically considered for one of three academic enrichment opportunities: a one-week residential program, a six-week residential program, and a six-month online enrichment program.
National Hispanic Institute (NHI) – National
We are both a national and international organization that provides Latino young people with the structures and settings to envision themselves as future community leaders, practice their skills in leading and working with others, and engage in critical discussions to define their calling while preparing themselves for the mission of changing lives. Dedication to personal excellence, a strong belief in family and culture, and service to others are the core values and beliefs that drive the work of the Institute and embrace its vision.
National Space Club Scholars – National
The National Space Club Scholars Project is a summer intern experience for up to 30 high school students to work with space scientists and engineers. The purpose of this project is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day-to-day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants are assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include Earth and space systems science, computer science, and engineering.
New Community for Children (NCFC)
Children enrolled in NCFC programs are given the opportunity to bolster their academic skills, find expression through arts and recreational activities, and build a positive self-esteem during out of school hours. Our staff cultivates a safe and positive environment in which children are constantly engaged and challenged. Children participate in programming Monday through Friday after school during the academic year and for six weeks in the summer.
Posse DC – National
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.
Princeton University Summer Journalism Program – National
We welcome about 20 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.
QuestBridge – National
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.
Research Science Institute – MIT – National
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.
The purpose of the Revolutionary Scholars Foundation Sponsorship Program is to provide students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds with mentoring and financial support to help them stay in and succeed in school. Sponsored students may not only receive financial support from donors, but also academic counseling and GRE standardized test preparation.
Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) – National
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) – National
The High School STEP-UP provides hands-on summer research experience for high school students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.
Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) – National
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.
Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) – National
This is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program – National
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program works to increase knowledge about the sciences and health professions, and offer guidance about the college admissions process to low-income and/or underrepresented minority students. To meet this goal, SMYSP offers a university-based five-week Summer Residential Program and school-based academic year health disparities curriculum.
Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK)
The Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program (SEEK) is the National Society of Black Engineers’ (NSBE) premiere solution to the underrepresentation of African American students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. The free, three week program is a STEM pipeline designed to expose African American children to STEM fields as early as the third grade and through the twelfth grade. In addition, this exposure will be provided by utilizing NSBE members, who are young, Black, collegiate students, majoring in STEM fields.
Summer Humanities Institute – Stanford – National
Students will spend three weeks on the beautiful Stanford campus, living in residence. They will spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history or philosophy, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions and activities in the afternoon. During their third week, students will work closely with their professors, graduate students, and writing mentors to produce original research projects. These papers present an opportunity for students to use what they have learned at Stanford to develop their own answers to the central questions that are addressed by the humanities.
Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) – National
Ages: 16 and over
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.
Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse – National
Ages: 15 and over
This program is designed to provide high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with meaningful research experiences and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Each year up to 50 NIDA research investigators offer their labs and their time for eight to ten weeks to mentor up to 60 students interested in drug abuse research.
Telluride Association Sophomore Summer – National
Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.
Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) – National
A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.
University of Maryland Pre-College Programs
Pre-College Programs in Undergraduate Studies is a federally funded TRIO Program comprised of the Upward Bound Program and the Upward Bound Math and Science Program. The TRIO programs provide education services to low-income and/or first-generation college bound students in an effort to overcome economic, social, and cultural barriers that impede the pursuit of higher-education. Pre-College Programs provide high school students from the local community with academic counseling and support, career guidance, personal development seminars and college preparation workshops.
University of the District of Columbia Upward Bound
Upward Bound is a year-round college preparatory program that provides high school students with academic assistance, educational and career guidance and cultural enrichment activities. Students are expected to remain in the program until they complete high school.
Urban Alliance empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentorship. Urban Alliance Interns are selected after a rigorous application process. During the school year, each Urban Alliance Intern works part time with a job partner in the public or private sector. On Fridays, they attend life skills and job readiness workshops. During the summer following their senior year, Urban Alliance Interns work full time Monday through Thursday. They attend professional development workshops on Fridays. After finishing the program, Alumni have access to Urban Alliance Alumni Services.
Ventures Scholars – National
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers.
Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (WTEF)
The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is a premier educational and tennis organization for underserved children in Washington DC. The mission of WTEF is to improve the life prospects of low-income, underserved children and youth in the District of Columbia through athletic and academic enrichment. We seek to keep children off city streets during out-of-school time, in a safe environment they can trust, to engage them in productive activities that teach discipline, build confidence, improve school performance, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute – National
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high-achieving youth attending secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society.
Women's Technology Program (WTP) – MIT – National
The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.
YMCA DC Youth & Government
The YMCA DC Youth & Government program empowers youth to become critical ethical leaders and responsible citizens through training in the theory and practice of making public policy. Over the course of a school year, more than 180 student participants from across the city learn invaluable skills that they can use for years to come to improve their communities. Acting as a mayor, council members, committee members, the press and Board of Education, students debate and pass laws that they think can solve the District’s problems. All program activities lead to the YMCA DC Youth & Government Legislative Weekend, where students participate in a two-day working simulation of the DC government.
Young Ladies of Tomorrow (YLOT)
Ever since its founding in 1993, Young Ladies of Tomorrow, Inc. (YLOT) has worked with pre-adolescent and teenage girls (ages 9–17) who have become involved in the juvenile justice system. In hopes of redirecting their course toward meaningful and productive futures, YLOT offers counseling, therapeutic recreation, job training, mentorship, and other services/opportunities for its participants.
Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health – Stanford – National
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four day conference at Stanford University. High school students from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation.
Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW)
Founded in 1991, Youth Leadership Greater Washington (YLGW) provides a six-month, interactive youth leadership development and community education program for high school sophomores and juniors in the Greater Washington region. YLGW seeks to connect youth leaders while raising their awareness of critical regional issues. Each year Leadership Greater Washington selects proven or aspiring youth leaders from diverse backgrounds and provides them with the opportunity to learn from some of the area's most important decision makers to study various topics such as diversity, the arts, health, public service and community service.