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Chris Cooper (right), who is finishing his degree in sport management this summer, leads the students across campus for a tour of the Gornto Center. Cooper, who was member of the men’s basketball team, worked with the Urban Youth Summer Academy as part of an internship. (See more photos below.)
ODU’s CDC Co-Sponsors Summer Camp for At-risk Youth

Old Dominion’s Community Development Corporation (CDC), in partnership with the Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk, recently conducted a two-week camp offering educational, social and spiritual enrichment to selected at-risk youth from Norfolk.

The Urban Youth Summer Academy, which concludes today, has provided the students with “a rich academic environment that encourages learning and exploration,” said Ann Grandy, executive director of the ODU CDC.

The academy was open to teens and preteens referred by the guidance counselor at Jacox Elementary School, a Title 1 school in Norfolk.

“The students are rising 6th-graders who lack the skills needed to adapt to the changes they will invariably encounter as they transition to middle school,” Grandy said. “These students have a higher probability of failing and usually drop out of high school because they lack the foundational skills needed to succeed.”

Since July 23, the students took part in a variety of activities on campus, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. They attended lectures designed to provoke thought and interaction in the areas of science, math, literacy and the arts. Issues of safety and the environment were explored as well.

The camp featured tours of various campus buildings and operations, including the he Dental Hygiene Clinic, athletic facilities, the Gordon Art Galleries and Gornto Center classrooms (see photos below).

The academy was supported by ODU’s Office of Community Relations and athletic department.

The Life Enrichment Center of Norfolk, a nonprofit organization, provides educational, cultural, social and spiritual enrichment to children, youth and adults in at-risk communities in Hampton Roads. In partnership with selected schools in Norfolk, the LEC provides one-to-one literacy tutoring to at-risk children and youth who are below their grade level in reading.

Photos by Steve Daniel

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