4/15/2011 11:00:00 AMOvernight lock-in retreat teaches students life lessons, core values
Cleveland— The Closing the Achievement program will sponsor an overnight “Lock-In” retreat for John Adams students. Sixty-five ninth-grade males will pack their overnight bags and blankets for a night of intense workshops focused on developing the core values of accountability, respect, honor, trust, perseverance and responsibility.
The retreat will address factors— like a lack of leadership skills and a misunderstanding of accountability— that contribute to the likelihood of dropping out of school. The young men will engage in workshops, team building exercises and recreational activities, all geared towards building the young men’s character and emphasizing personal responsibility.
Workshop leaders include Councilman TJ Dow who will talk to students about decision-making, and Timothy Roberts, founder of the BRICK program, who will talk to students about leadership. Other workshops will focus on hygiene, etiquette, nutrition and character development.
WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2011 – Saturday, April 16, 2011
7:00 p.m.— 9:00 a.m.
WHERE: John Adams High School
3817 Martin Luther King Dr.
Cleveland, Ohio 44105
The coordinators of the lock-in retreat want the experience to be meaningful for the students. “Our hope is that students will walk away from this experience with a new perspective on life and on goal-setting,” said Brian Simmons, John Adams Linkage Coordinator. “We want the young men to have a clear understanding of decision-making and of accountability to themselves, to their families and to their community.”
Prior to leaving the retreat, the young men will sign a pledge, committing to do better in their academic and personal lives and to be better overall individuals. Twelfth- grade students who have successfully matriculated through the CTAG program will earn community service credit towards graduation by serving as chaperones during the retreat.
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About the Closing the Achievement Gap Program
The CTAG program targets low-achieving male students. These are eighth graders who failed two or more core subjects, were absent 36 or more days, were overage for their current grade level, and were suspended five or more days from school. CTAG works in collaboration with parents, CMSD administrators, principals, teachers, the community and assigned school “linkage coordinators.” The coordinators build relationships with students and monitor the academic, social and emotional issues of each student. Special attention is focused on student promotion to the tenth grade, skills to pass all five parts of the Ohio Graduation Test on the first attempt and graduating from high school.