Catholic High School Information Guide
The free program is designed to build students' science, technology, engineering and math knowledge.
Training academy seeking disadvantaged students
An Oakland nonprofit is looking for high school students to participate in a free, intensive college preparatory summer program for underrepresented high school students of color.
The Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a five-week, three-year summer program that offers access to rigorous coursework, mentors and support of fellow students.
During the school year students participate in monthly activities and workshops. The program is designed to build the students' science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge, and build civic awareness and social responsibility.
James Sarria, director of Alumni Partnerships & Programs, explained the SMASH program involves 1,000 hours of instruction, five weeks of residence at a major university during each summer.
The program has been taking 60 applicants a year, Sarria said, and has graduated about 450 students. Those interested must start their applications when they're in the eighth grade via an online application. The program is national but about half the alumni are from the East Bay. Contact is made via various school districts and word of mouth, and students at Catholic high schools are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must demonstrate they are high-potential, underrepresented (African American, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander, low-income, first-in-family to attend college) high school students.
The SMASH program is part of the Level Playing Field Institute, part of the Kapor Center for Social Impact. There's also Kapor Capital, which provides women and people of color funding for new businesses that are diversity-based or whose founders are making a social impact, explained Kim Bardakian, director of Media Relations.
All these entities were founded by Mitch Kapor, of software firm Lotus 1-2-3 fame, and his wife, Freada Kapor Klein, a social policy researcher and philanthropist, about 15 years ago.
The Kapor Center was founded in San Francisco and for the last few years rented space in the art deco Breuner Building in Oakland.
The Kapor Center just moved into its new headquarters, a renovated Uptown building at 2148 Broadway, Oakland. It features meeting rooms and an auditorium that may be rented out to community groups for meetings and special events. There's also Agave restaurant on the ground floor.
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