Prospective participants must be able to attend all of the retreats, workshops, tours and field trips. Most programs are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Other non-mandatory, but meaningful, events will be added as the year progresses.

May, Weeknight Welcome Reception for new class and their families
June, Weekend Self Discovery, Community and Identity

  • Understanding social perception of the African community and how to challenge these perceptions.
  • Challenges and barriers faced in the African community, family, and individual.
  • Tools, resources, solutions to overcoming challenges and barriers
  • Understanding your personal statement/brand.
  • Evaluating your self-image as a African youth.
  • Understanding how to balance African traditions with new traditions/practices in the US.
June, Weekend Planning for Success/Goal Setting, Career Profiles: Africans in Business

  • Review high school courses that will position student for success.
  • SAT Testing
  • Partnering with guidance counselors.
  • Successful study habits.
  • Building positive and supportive social networks.
June, Weekend Pan Africanism and the Civil Rights
June, Weekend Campus Visit, Career Profiles: Africans in Education
July, Weekend College Essay Retreat (takes place over an extended time)

  • How to leverage life events to write an effective college essay.
  • How to brainstorm when preparing to write the college essay.
  • Tools and resources to writing a winning college essay.


July, Weekend Career Profiles: Africans in Politics
July, Weekend Campus Visit, Career Profiles: Africans in the Arts
July, Weekend African Literature Study
August, Weekend FAFSA and Financial Aid

  • One-on-one counseling to complete FAFSA. 
  • How-to steps on completing the FAFSA.
  • How to identify scholarship opportunities.
August, Weekend Career Profiles: Africans in Medicine & Law
August, Weekend NYC Leadership Retreat *, Campus Visit
August, Weekend College Admissions Applications, Careers in Humanities