UNIVERSITY OF TOMORROW – All Children are Capable of Success

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UNIVERSITY OF TOMORROW

PURPOSE – This activity encourages the children to not only complete high school, but that it is also possible for them to continue on and attain a college degree.  The best way to break the cycle of poverty is to obtain the education and skills necessary to get a higher paying job.  Often, impoverished children are not aware that this option is open to them.

DESCRIPTION – The children put on caps and gowns and receive a diploma with their name on it proclaiming that they have been found to be smart enough to be a future college graduate.  Pictures are taken as each child receives his/her diploma.  Time allowing, the entire group takes a processional march around the facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF TOMORROW – Operations Manual

PURPOSE – This activity encourages the children to not only complete high school, but that it is also possible for them to continue on and attain a college degree.  The best way to break the cycle of poverty is to obtain the education and skills necessary to get a higher paying job.  Often, impoverished children are not aware that this option is open to them.

DESCRIPTION – The children put on caps and gowns and receive a diploma with their name on it proclaiming that they have been found to be smart enough to be a future college graduate.  Pictures are taken as each child receives his/her diploma.  Time allowing, the entire group takes a processional march around the facility.

PROCEDURE

  • Volunteer greets the children and welcomes them to the University of Tomorrow.
  • Volunteer introduces the “Dean of the University of Tomorrow.”
  • Dean tells the children. “I am pleased to announce that, after having spoken to your teachers and after being recommended by your school, we find that you are all “Smart Enough to be a Future College Graduate.”
  • Dean explains what college is and briefly reviews the following areas:
    • Placing a value on education
    • Navigating the   educational system
    • Types of schools and colleges
    • Scholarships and Grants
    • Job choices
  • Children are given caps and gowns to wear.
  • Children line up to receive a diploma from the Dean of the University of Tomorrow.
  • Each child walks up to receive his/her diploma.
  • Dean presents diploma to child while picture is being taken.
  • After last diploma is presented, Dean addresses the entire group and tells them how proud he is of them.
  • Dean asks the group to applaud themselves.
  • OPTIONAL: If time allows, Dean leads children in a processional march around the event site.
  • Caps and gowns are removed and collected by the volunteers.
  • Group goes on to the next activity.
GROWTH AREAS
  • Fine motor skills
  • Grasping – e.g. using a pencil, etc.
  • Hand-eye coordination – e.g. writing, etc.
  • Communication
  • Listening
  • Following directions
  • Ability to complete tasks
  • Risk-taking
  • Confidence
  • Self-esteem
  • Social skills

SENSES ENGAGED

  • Visual – Set design, diplomas, Caps and gowns
  • Auditory – Instructions, speech, presentations, conversations, processional music
  • Tactile – Handshakes, hugs, diplomas, caps & gowns

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

2 will probably be adequate, 3 would be ideal

At least 1 volunteer each day plus the person to play the Dean of the University.

SPACE REQUIREMENTS – 20’ X 20’ (400 square feet)

 PROPS NEEDED

  • 1 Large desk
  • 1 Large bookcase
  • 1 Globe
  • 1 Desk chair
  • 1 folding chair
  • Selection of books for the bookcase.
  • University of Tomorrow banners and signs
  • Enough diplomas for all of the children
  • Robe, cap, etc. for the Dean
  • 30 children’s size graduation caps
  • Large American flag