In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges associated with protecting public health, the Homie UP Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) hosted Mi Universidad 2020, a six-week college immersion program designed to introduce first-generation students to higher education. Our team of educators, interns, and volunteers worked around the clock to provide access for youth to experience learning through a university setting.
The summer program was implemented virtually from June 23 to July 31, 2020. Forty youth participated in the intensive and interactive series of classes and activities with CSUSM professors, college students, community educators, and peers. The classes included Chicanx Studies; Our Communities Count; Raíces de Acción; College Readiness; Media Studies; Health and Wellness; Second Step; and weekly team-building activities.