BENEFITING: Baltimore Curriculum Project Inc
Vivi Kaminaris is looking forward to sixth grade when she can participate in Hampstead Hill Academy's Leaders Go Places leadership program; but funding cuts have put a strain on school budgets and we need your help to close the funding gap.
Leaders Go Places (LGP) is a rigorous middle grades leadership program that motivates students to achieve excellence in academics, attendance, work habits, behavior and service to the community.
Vivi’s older sister Eva is an eighth grader at Hampstead Hill who has been participating in LGP since it began in 2013. She has been accepted into Notre Dame Preparatory School for the 2016-2017 school and LGP has played an important role in her success.
Vivi hopes to follow in her sister’s footsteps.
“Parents have told me that Leaders Go Places is one of the main reasons they have chosen to keep their children at Hampstead Hill after fifth grade, because of the wonderful supports the program offers,” said Matt Cobb, an HHA teacher and Chair of the Leaders Go Place Executive Committee.
Students receive regular updates on their progress and meet with mentors quarterly to reflect on this progress and determine how they can advance through four levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
Every Friday morning the entire middle school participates in a Community Circle to acknowledge outstanding achievements, give student presentations, and to make amends when necessary.
They also hear from a variety of guest speakers who connect their success with LGP’s Five Promises: to contribute to the common good, to persevere, to conduct myself with honor and integrity, to produce quality work, to make no excuses. Recently, students were delighted to receive a surprise visit with former Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis.
To advance through levels each quarter, students must earn a required number of Professional Performance Points (earned daily for attendance, work habits, and behavior), meet a minimum GPA, and complete at least one service project. As they advance students are rewarded for their achievement with field trips and other incentives.
“We travel to places like New York City and Philadelphia exposing students to new history and culture; to college and universities in order to help students develop a college- and career-focused mindset; and to amusement parks and the beach for celebration and community building,” said Mr. Cobb.
“We have found that the Leaders Go Places Program has helped our students make positive changes to their attitudes and behaviors that will help them make the lasting impact we need to them make for Baltimore and beyond.”
Vivi and her peers hope that they too can become the future leaders that Baltimore so desperately needs.