OUR MISSION: TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO PURSUE HIGHER EDUCATION!
The Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is a University of Oregon program led by volunteer faculty, and aimed at increasing students’ enrollment and success in college. SAIL invites 8th through 12th grade students that qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program to attend FREE, annual academic summer camps until they graduate from high school.
UPDATE, October 2014: SAIL has partnered with the ASPIRE program to offer mentoring to high school students during the academic year! If you’re interested in being a mentor or intern, please fill visit our Mentors page to fill out our short application. A paid, Neer Peer Mentor Coordinator position is also available.
Video created by Zulema Aguilar, a SAIL student currently enrolled at the UO
Founded by two economics professors in 2005 as a week-long academic camp for 15 students, we now have ten faculty-led summer camps with over 180 students, which are made possible by faculty who volunteer. Our goal is for students to finish four years of SAIL and have the tools to succeed in higher education.
We believe that higher education is a right, not a privilege. Encouraging intelligent and intellectually-curious students to attend college is vital for a vibrant and educated society. Barriers to higher education are not simply academic and economic, but social and conditioned. By providing early exposure to the college setting and a spectrum of academic endeavors, the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) at the University of Oregon (UO) will empower students of limited finances to successfully pursue higher education.
Camps offered to-date:
Freshmen: Economics German/ Scandinavian Chemistry
Sophomores: Psychology International Studies Performing Arts
Juniors: Biology Physics/ Human Physiology Education
Seniors: Business English/ Journalism
What prior students have said about our program:
“I would love to do this camp again.”
“It’s like the best thing that a kid my age gets to do!”
“It helped me imagine college.”
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO LTD
SAIL/ ASPIRE Program
Department of Economics
1285 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1285
Director: Lara Fernandez ASPIRE Coordinator: Kyra Mathews
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
Phone: 541-346-8378 Phone: 541-505-4009