ON-Lion Letter
This month, Pathways Milwaukee offers its Summer Academy to help prepare low-income and first-generation Milwaukee youth for success in college.  The 2016 Summer Academy welcomes 9th- and 10th-graders to the campus of Cardinal Stritch University from July 11 through 29.  

During these three weeks, students participate in interactive programming taught by college professors and other professionals who are chosen for their expertise, as well as their dynamic presence in the classroom.  All the courses and extra-curricular activities are designed to challenge students academically and to give them opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning.  In addition, students learn how to navigate the college-application process, and they participate in character-building activities that will help them to flourish at academic institutions of higher learning.  Finally, the Summer Academy gives participants a chance to form friendships with like-minded peers so that they can develop a support network through which they can inspire and encourage one another.

Pathways Milwaukee was established in 2007 as an urban initiative of Wisconsin Lutheran College.  Now in the process of spinning off from the College in order to function as an independent entity, Pathways continues to equip underserved youth in Milwaukee with the academic, social, spiritual, and financial skills they need to achieve success in post-secondary education.  Pathways accepts qualified 5th-grade students from targeted elementary schools who are identified by their teachers or principal as a good fit for the program.  Once accepted, students participate in after-school tutoring, Saturday skill-building workshops, leadership training, the Summer Academy, and a variety of other activities.  Because family involvement is essential for educational success, the parents of Pathways students must also attend regular meetings so they can provide emotional support to their children, model good behavior, and learn the financial skills that are necessary to make college a reality for their families.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports Pathways Milwaukee.

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