In conjunction with the Incline Education Fund, the Nevada First-Gen Network is offering a free summer pilot program to engage and inspire 6th and 7th graders at Incline Middle School. The program will expose students to various STEM activities, leadership development, art, and culture in a fun and inclusive college environment.

The Nevada First-Gen Network, based at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Nevada, Reno, supports students who would be the first in their families to attend college. They are accepting applications for the upcoming summer program through Wednesday, July 13. Students entering 6th or 7th grade who are residents of Incline Village are eligible to participate. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 18 through August 4. To register, email Becky Linda Arevalos-Mendoza or call (775) 682-8273.

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Much of the Nevada First-Gen Network summer program is modeled after the University’s Dean’s Future Scholars program. DFS’s goal is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation students graduating from high school and gaining access to higher education.

“The culture at DFS is about giving back and encouraging students to reach their highest potential,” said Zaira Diaz, who was part of the 2016 DFS cohort. see it grow into a needed community in the Washoe County School District.

The pilot program was created to provide support and exposure to college life for middle and elementary school students in Incline Village. When the Nevada First-Gen Network team visited students at Incline Middle School and Incline Elementary School, they often heard comments from students such as “Oh, they’re from NUR, I can’t go. It’s too expensive,” or “I never really thought about what I’m going to do after high school.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for the university, our college and the community of Incline,” said College of Education & Human Development Dean Donald Easton-Brooks. “We view the Incline and Tahoe area as an extension of Reno and a valuable part of the Nevada experience.”

While Incline Village is only 50 minutes from Reno, many students grew up never making it to Reno. Additionally, the Nevada First-Gen Network team found a large income gap in the Incline Village community and a lack of programming options for middle and high school students.

During the three-week pilot program, students will participate in a variety of activities in Incline Village and Reno. Participants will spend two days a week at the Parasol Building in Incline Village and two days a week at the University of Nevada, Reno. Students receive free transportation to Reno.

Incline Village activities will include learning about water conservation at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, working with animals at the Pet Network, high-altitude rock climbing and swimming at Hidden Beach. In Reno, students will have field trips to Wild Island Water Park and Reno Ice, in addition to learning about Makerspace 3D Printing and hearing from guest presenters from various academic fields.

“With the University of Sierra Nevada officially transitioning to the new University of Nevada, Reno in Lake Tahoe on July 1, our team is excited to see how we can work with community stakeholders to expand opportunities for mentorship and college access for Washoe County School District students who live in Incline Village,” said Mariluz Garcia, Founder of the Nevada First-Gen Network and Executive Director of Dean’s Future Scholars. “In our 22 years of work, we have found that exposing students to university life at a young age and connecting with mentors from similar backgrounds is a transformative experience that opens up their world to more options. and possibilities.”

By offering a summer program focused on mentorship and summer enrichment, the Nevada First-Gen Network is confident that this summer experience will broaden their horizons on possible careers and post-secondary options.

“The entire Nevada First-Gen Network team is made up of people who grew up with the Dean Future Scholars program, and we are thrilled to offer these resources to the community of Incline Village,” Osvaldo Jimenez, Nevada First-Gen Network project director, said.

Excitement for this new program was evident after the first Nevada First-Gen Network recruiting event, when one student exclaimed, “Finally, something fun is happening here!” The Incline Village community and its students are eager for new summer activities and the Nevada First-Gen Network is honored to provide this wonderful opportunity.

In addition to direct outreach, the team will produce a statewide needs assessment focused on Nevada’s potential first-generation student population, as well as the creation of a micro-grants program to support students. first-generation initiatives across the state of Nevada.