Teagle Foundation Awards Clemente a Grant for Youth Programming
The Teagle Foundation has awarded Clemente a $37,000 grant for its “Pathways to the Liberal Arts” initiative. The grant will enable Clemente to undertake an in-depth review of affiliate programs geared toward youth and determine how best to expand those programs to other locations.
Clemente programs for high school students are currently held in three places:
- Chicago: Sojourner Scholars, supported by Illinois Humanities
- Salt Lake City: Clemente Course, supported by Utah Humanities
- Portland: Alder Early College Course, supported by Oregon Humanities
Each of these programs brings the Clemente model of an intensive humanities seminar to high school students, building communication and writing skills as well as preparing them for the transition to college. Students explore literature, art, US history, and philosophy with college faculty and have the opportunity to earn college credit. The programs have strong partnerships with local educational and community organizations. There is no cost to the student for participating.
More information about our youth programming is available in our Fall 2018 newsletter.
The grant from the Teagle Foundation will support a working group that will determine how Clemente youth programs operate in their respective communities, gather key practices from those courses, and articulate models to support future programs both locally and nationally. As Clemente enters its third decade, we are investigating how we can adapt our courses to serve both adults and specific and often-overlooked populations, such as opportunity youth, veterans, and those aging out of foster care.
We are grateful to the Teagle Foundation for its generous support.