President's Innovation Fund 2008/09 Grantees

The HY-PHE Project (Heightening Your Personal Development through Higher Education)

The HY-PHE Project facilitates the transition and success of basic skills students with outreach activities that creates a fresh appeal to higher education. The urban term “hyphy” is defined as “hype, eccentric, hyperactive, and exciting” and utilizing this term allows us to bridge common language youth can identify with.  Activities will include High School Days (campus tours), PACT (Parents, Advocates, Counselors & Teachers) Night and HY-PHE Games ( day of team building activities and educational scavenger hunt) for local high schools.

Gallery Theatre Upgrade

Upgrades to visually enhance the Gallery Theatre entrance, signage and website to increase the role of  the Gallery Theatre on campus and in the community as a cultural center and Arts Venue.

Rock The School Bells:  Multicultural Hip-Hop Conference

The Multicultural Hip-Hop Conference is a student-led and organized event.  The weeklong conference is a blend of workshops that enhance a student’s critical thinking about current issues, reading and writing about their life experiences, presenting oral and written communication through readings, spoken word, and poetry.  A culminating event will showcase artists, musicians, and students in a night of hip-hop, short films, spoken word and poetry.

ASTEP (African American Success Through Excellence and Persistence) Math Academy

Math is a subject that students approach with apprehension. The Math Academy improves student success rates by direct individualized support in entry and mid-level Math courses that represent obstacles to success for many students. The goal is to build a cohesive program for a cohort of students that moves through a structured program culminating in graduation and transfer to a 4-year institution.

Hermanos - Adding a second high school

Hermanos, which means “brothers” in Spanish, is a pilot program that addresses the academic, psychological and social needs of Latino males through academic support, mentoring, and family support. The goal of Hermanos is to work with male students to address issues of poor motivation, lack of academic skills, college readiness; and to enroll these students in college upon high school graduation.  In 2008-09 South San Francisco High School and Capuchino High School will offer a Hermanos Program.

Skyline Reads: What is the What

Skyline College will participate in the Peninsula Library System (PLS) initiative One Book One Community: San Mateo County Reads. PLS has selected Dave Eggers’ What is the What’ whose principal subject is   the “lost boys” of Sudan.  Skyline College Library will sponsor 3 events to complement PLS interview event with Dave Eggers.  There will be a Book discussion group of What is the What is for the campus and the public, along with the presentation of two documentary films Lost Boys of Sudan and God Grew Tired of Us. A panel discussion will follow each film presentation.

Kababayan Filipino Folk Dance Company

Establish a resident Filipino Dance Company to provide students with an opportunity to learn about and experience Filipino cultural heritage through the art of Philippine folk dancing.

Hermanas – Building an educational bridge into higher education for young Latina students

Hermanas, which means “sisters” in Spanish, is modeled after the successful Hermanos Program at Skyline College. The goal is to increase the college-going rate of young Latina high school students in North San Mateo County. Through the four program components – Culturally sensitive instruction, Family Engagement, Community Engagement and Mentoring, the Hermanas Program will address the holistic development of young Latina students.


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