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American Dream Academy returns to YUHSD campuses

The Arizona State University American Dream Academy (ADA) and Yuma Union High School District have partnered to hold sessions for families on four campuses during the fall semester.  

The eight-week sessions are open to all families with a student enrolled at the host campus and is intended as way to provide families with the tools and confidence to join forces with schools and communities to make sure children have successful academic careers and prepare for the university experience. The sessions are at no cost to participants.

“You are your child’s first and most important teacher,” said Laura Corr, who is the facilitator of the ASU American Dream Academy. “When you become involved in your child’s education, you are making a difference in your child’s success. Help support him or her through school and help him or her realize the American Dream. Help them succeed.”

According to their website, the ADA program helps families gain the tools and confidence to join forces with schools and communities to make sure their children have successful academic careers and prepare for a university experience.

Last year, the American Dream Academy saw more than 800 participants across YUHSD with 407 of those completing the program coming from San Luis High School.

Families who attend all eight sessions “graduate” from the program. Upon graduation, students will receive $500 if they decide to attend Arizona Western College. Graduation from the program requires 100 percent involvement of both parents and students. The academy culminates in a ceremony for the graduating families.

Here are the starting dates for the American Dream Academy on the YUHSD campuses it is offered (Note: all sessions are from 6-8 p.m.):

Cibola High School: Tuesday, Sep. 3

Kofa High School: Wednesday, Sep. 18

San Luis High School: Wednesday, Sep. 4

Yuma High School: Tuesday, Sep. 17

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org