We are the only HCOP aligned with allied health professions on Long Island, and one of two such programs state-wide.
We are the only HCOP in New York State with a Healthy Lifestyles: Distracted Driving Awareness curriculum.
We are the only HCOP in New York State with a Stem Cell Awareness Lecture Series.
In response to a loss of federal funding, we have tailored our curriculum to school-based and community-based activities/presentations in Amityville, Brentwood and Wyandanch school districts under the new title of HCARE.
Since 2009, we have provided educational activities to over 3000 students, and we are currently following 275 students who have graduated from our Summer Academies.
Over ninety-percent our 2010 and 2011 Summer Academy graduates have reported being enrolled in college. Over 70 percent of 2012 Academy have reported their acceptance to a college. We believe that the high percentage of our graduates’ college enrollment is a strong indicator that many of these students will enroll in allied health professional programs.
In collaboration with our participating high school guidance departments, we are using the on-line Naviance program to follow our Summer Academy graduates college application process.
Previous studies have shown that one of the main reasons minority groups are underrepresented in college admissions is that these students are not acquiring college-ready skills in their previous education.
Our program provides high school students with an interest in the field the science, math and English skills needed to attend the many 2- and 4-year programs offered on Long Island. We are also partnered with Suffolk County Community College to promote the Joint-Admissions agreement which guarantees acceptance to a four-year SUNY college.
In support of students’ college readiness, we currently have over 300 students in 11th and 12th grade enrolled in Method Test Prep. (MTP), an on-line SAT Preparation course supported by in-school tutoring. During the 2011 and 2012 Summer Academy, student-participants SAT math and reading comprehension skills both increased 48 percent from pre-test to post-test results.