Summer camp at UNLV looks to prevent school dropouts

Summer camp at UNLV looks to prevent school dropouts

By Denise Wong. CREATED Jul 8, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It's a week-long summer camp that can make a lifelong difference.
80 teenagers from around the Valley have been invited to attend CampUs Las Vegas at UNLV, which focuses on the transition from middle school to high school and dropout prevention.
In Clark County, where the high school graduation rate is 61-percent, local school leaders are hoping this camp can motivate kids to stay in school.
For most of the kids attending this camp, this is the first time they are ever stepping foot on a college campus. All of the students will be entering 9th grade in the fall and organizers say this is a critical time because most dropouts occur in or directly after the 9th grade. 
Organizers said these students are all from At-Risk CCSD Middle Schools.

As part of this summer program, the students will be staying in the UNLV dorms. The teenagers will participate in workshops to learn about high school graduation requirements and college awareness, build relationships with successful high school and college student mentors, complete a mock college application, engage in a community service learning activity and participate in nightly career panels with influential and successful community members.
The All-Stars Program is paying for these students to attend this camp that runs from July 8-13. This is the third year of the annual camp.
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Denise Wong is a general assignment reporter for Action News. Catch her live reports on Good Morning Las Vegas.