BENEFITING: Baltimore Curriculum Project Inc
Hampstead Hill Academy's Leaders Go Places (LGP) program is a rigorous middle grades leadership program that motivates students to achieve excellence in academics, attendance, work habits, behavior and service to the community.
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“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 former 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.”