Student U, a non-profit organization supported by the Supporting Our Young People category of Doing Good in the Neighborhood, is celebrating its five-year anniversary of serving Durham middle school and high school students.
The Herald-Sun profiled the organization in honor of the milestone:
DURHAM — The secret to educational success? It’s simple, Dan Kimberg suggests — Appreciate and nurture the brilliance in every child.
“They all have the potential to change the world, and that’s why we love them so much,” Student U’s executive director said of the program’s participants. “They’re getting these academic skills here in order to make their dreams come true and to make the world a better place.”
Now celebrating its fifth year, Student U aims to empower rising sixth- through 10th-graders to take ownership of their education and become leaders, with an ultimate goal of succeeding in college. Students take hands-on core classes and electives, go on field trips and have plenty of “family time” in which students and teachers discuss the challenges of adolescence.
The program, which comprises both a summer component and year-round support, began programming in the summer of 2007 with 50 rising sixth-graders. Kimberg said it’s been a joy to watch those kids, some of whom were once shy and unsure of themselves, “grow into leaders and adults who have the skill set and desire to make a huge difference in the community.”