The SACTO Foundation’s core program, College Corner, integrates education, athletics and leadership development to help young student-athletes, in grades six through twelve, develop the skills they need to be successful in high school, college and life. College Corner provides academic support services and positive sports experiences to help them gain access to top high schools and colleges. It consists of three smaller programs:
· High School Assist, which helps sixth through eighth grade student-athletes succeed in middle school and leverage that success to gain admission to an excellent college preparatory high school.
· College Assist, which provides our high school student-athletes with the individual support necessary to be successful in high school and to prepare for college.
· Student-Athlete Summer Academy – The Summer Academy provides High School Assist student-athletes with intensive academic, athletic and leadership development through a full-day five-week program which is intended to build confidence and athletic ability while preventing the learning loss that often accompanies summer break.
In addition to our core College Corner program, The SACTO Foundation also runs Saturday Skills Academy, which will look to serve up to an additional 150 young people at two different school sites. Saturday Skills Academy is a community-based initiative that will be open to all Greater Sacramento area City youth and consists of an 18-week schedule of basketball clinics which couples basketball skills with life skills each week (i.e. ‘passing and decision making; rebounding and determination).
The Foundation’s core program, College Corner, will offer comprehensive middle school and high school educational programming and support services annually, and takes place daily during after-school and Saturday hours and throughout the day during the summer.
Throughout our programming, The SACTO Foundation is relentless in our support of our student-athletes and we serve as a valuable resource to their families. We involve parents and family members in the College Corner program through frequent check-ins by phone or email, home and school visits, and informational workshops throughout the year. We also support our families through crises by making referrals to social services and acting as a parallel family in times of need.
College Corner is comprised of five components that all work synergistically to help program participants achieve success on and off the basketball court:
· Basketball and Leadership Development – The SACTO Foundation presently fields 4 travel basketball teams that compete in tournaments throughout the region and the country. The basketball program serves several purposes. First, it is a hook that keeps participants engaged in our academic program. Second, the basketball court is a classroom where leadership and life skills are developed. Third, because our teams travel to tournaments at colleges and in cities throughout the country, the basketball program exposes participants to educational opportunities and new people, places and experiences.
· Academic Support – All College Corner students benefit from a variety of regular academic enrichment programs, including general/subject specific academic instruction and tutoring and life skills development.
· High School Assist - helps sixth through eighth grade student-athletes succeed in middle school and leverage that success to gain admission to an excellent college preparatory high school. HS Assist offers academic instruction/tutoring, homework help, life skills development and test preparation for sixth through eighth graders.
· College Assist, which provides our high school student-athletes with the individual support necessary to be successful in high school and to prepare for college. College Assist support includes SAT and other test preparation, high school counseling, application/financial aid workshops, college visits and NCAA eligibility and recruiting guidance (if applicable).
· Student-Athlete Summer Academy – The Summer Academy provides High School Assist student-athletes with intensive academic, athletic and leadership development through a full-day five-week program, which is intended to build confidence and athletic ability while preventing the learning loss that often accompanies summer break. The academic programming of the Summer Academy focuses on communications and math skill development through activities such as essay writing and quantitative problem solving. Throughout the summer, the SACTO Foundation emphasizes the core values of TREE (Teamwork, Respect, Effort and Excellence).
High School-Assist (HSA)
High School Assist provides each middle school student-athlete and his/her family the resources to gain acceptance, matriculate to and succeed at a college preparatory high school.
Core HSA program offerings include:
-High school prep and placement meetings two to three times per week for all 8th graders.
-Extensive support for students and families in the high school research and app process.
-Advocacy by Foundation Staff for admission of student-athletes to high schools of choice.
-Counsel students and families on high school selection.
-Manage registration and enrollment for students.
-Monitor student performance through report card collection.
-Provide academic support and resources for students in need.
-Deliver high school exam preparation services for all rising eighth graders.
HSA looks to enjoy tremendous success. Note the following measurable goals for HSA:
-100% of students will be promoted to the next grade.
-100% of students will graduate from middle school.
-100% of students will attend a college prep high school.
College Assist provides each SACTO Foundation high school student-athlete and his/her family with the resources necessary to gain acceptance to and succeed in college.
Core College Assist activities include:
· Meetings one to two times per week with The SACTO Foundation staff for all 11th and 12th graders.
· Foundation staff monitors course selection and academic performance for all students.
· Foundation staff help students access academic support from resources at their schools, volunteers that the Foundation recruits, and occasional professional tutoring.
· SAT and ACT practice exams and test preparation provided by The SACTO Foundation.
· Advice from The SACTO Foundation Staff on NCAA recruitment process and eligibility requirements.
· Assistance from the SACTO Foundation staff with college research, applications and financial aid.
· Counseling for students on final school selection.
The SACTO Foundation’s Summer Academy is a 5 - 6 week, comprehensive academic, athletic and leadership development program for middle school student-athletes. The Summer Academy takes place on the campus of Valley High School, located in South Sacramento where most of the youth live in lower socio-economic neighborhoods.
The goals of the program include:
· Exposing middle school students to the high school environment.
· Preparing participants for high school by addressing test prep, school choices and apps.
· Developing students’ academic skills, especially basic reading, writing and mathematics.
· Developing students’ basketball skills and knowledge of the game.
· Developing students’ character.
Sample Class Topics for Summer Academy:
Foundation Building is a series of 9 sessions that will aid our students in becoming better in the classroom, at home, and in their communities.
Inside the Numbers focuses on fundamental math skills. Instructors use basketball themes to help students develop basic math skills, including geometry and pre-algebra.
The Next Level is tied to the Foundation’s High School Enrichment program. Growing eighth graders work on test preparation (SAT 9, CAHSEE, CST), the high school application process and their exploration of high school options.
Outside the Lines addresses relevant social issues affecting the lives of our student-athletes. The course uses mass media as a framework for studying issues that will affect our students, their families and their communities.
Fueling Success is a nutrition course that is designed to help our student-athletes develop healthy eating habits and lifestyles.