On your marks...
Hello! As we head into our third year, we couldn’t be more excited about what’s in store. Team Prep@Collegiate has been hard at work, crafting a curriculum designed to meet our boys exactly where they are—and to push them far beyond.
This year’s session of Prep@Collegiate is organized around a theme: Our Boys as Agents of Change. In the classroom—and outside of it, too—we’ll be helping the boys to develop new & critical skills, and to begin deploying those skills in the service of addressing challenges related to sustainability, social justice, and masculinity (more on these soon!).
…and we’re off! Saturday, June 29th was our Third Annual Family Brunch. Gents and their families were warmly welcomed to the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University—our home-away-from-home for the summer.
After we dined on the finest that NDMU’s dining hall had to offer, the boys went off to take their pre-assessment… and families got a treetop-level overview of the weeks ahead.
Then: the highlight of the morning, and a first for the Family Brunch—Mrs. Jazmin Muhammad (ELA Faculty) led us through an exercise called ‘Privilege for Sale’, in which families worked in teams to explore some of the different ways in which ‘privileges’ surface in our lives and communities, and to reflect on how we value—and take for granted—some of them. Here’s how it went down: participants were grouped into randomly-sorted teams, each of which was given a fixed amount of (play) money and a ‘menu of privileges’. Team members debated the relative value of advantages like “having paid leave from work,” “interacting with police without fear for your safety,” and '“being debt-free”—and then they took on the tricky task of deciding how to use the limited funds they had: what was a luxury, and what was an absolute necessity?
The big reveal came when everyone found out that each group had started with a different amount of money—which led to a rich and thoughtful conversation about economic injustice—and which laid the foundation for a(n ongoing) discussion about how enrichment programs (like Prep@Collegiate) articulate with questions of privilege, justice, and socieconomic mobility.
In the process, families got to know each other a whole lot better than ever before—and everyone got a boots-on-the-ground sense of just how powerful the time in class with our stellar faculty will be for the boys.