Current Projects

Loachapoka Exploring Auburn Days
As part of a comprehensive initiative coordinated by AU Outreach, the Truman Pierce Institute is leading the way with LEAD activities. Loachapoka Exploring Auburn Days (LEAD) are opportunities for eleventh and twelfth grade students at Loachapoka High School to spend time on Auburn University’s campus in an effort to learn about college and career readiness. Annual campus events and a week-long residential summer camp are hosted by TPI on the AU campus.

One-Day Events
Two one-day events are held each spring and fall. The fall events were held on November 20 and 21, 2013, and 36 Loachapoka seniors participated in a variety of college awareness activities.  Students were engaged in team-building exercises, communication development sessions and skill-building activities (for example, goal-setting).  Students also attend presentations conducted by AU students and professionals about student life as it relates to:  college and career readiness, admissions and financial aid processes, and the diverse opportunities available through attending college. Additionally, the students have opportunities to tour different colleges on campus to learn about what is offered in regard to majors and programs.

Spring 2014, TPI will host two college visit days for the eleventh grade class at Loachapoka on April 22nd and 23rd.  Students will be treated to college tours, have opportunities to explore college majors, participate in team building activities, and attend presentations by AU students and professions.

Summer Camps
There were 22 participants from Loachapoka High School at the 2013 summer camp. This week-long residential camp was provided at no cost to the students. Throughout the week students engaged in hands-on activities designed to improve academic, organizational, and leadership skills while immersing themselves in college-like opportunities. Improving writing skills and advancing knowledge of college admissions requirements were important goals for the camp. The 2014 summer camp will be held from June 8 until June 13 and is open to rising ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders at Loachapoka High School. The camp is free of charge for the first 30 campers who register and meet program requirements. To learn more about the camp or to register, go to:

Building Individual Capacity for Success (BICS)
On March 5, 2014, a one-day conference was held for nearly 200 high school students from four area school districts who are participating in the Building Individual Capacity for Success program. BICS is funded by AT& T Aspire Foundation and provides comprehensive strengths-based programming to support youth who are working to successfully complete high school. At this conference, students and their advisors were treated to a variety of sessions designed to both teach and motivate. Dr. Shelley Stewart, CEO of O2 Media and Chairman of the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation was a keynote speaker. He shared his story about overcoming obstacles to be successful and encouraged all in attendance to persevere. Additionally, the  break-out sessions exposed students to the Choice Bus – a reality-based approach to why it is important to complete school and stay out of jail as well as to workshops on the development of effective communication skills offered by Doc Waller and TPI staff members.

A second one-day conference will be offered on April 15 at the Opelika Event Center. The focus of this conference will be on celebrating the successes of BICS participants, and particularly the upcoming graduation for this year’s seniors.

Also this spring, two half-day Math Boot Camps will be held for BICS participants to help reinforce math concepts and lessons that they will need to pass the end of course tests at their schools. Math is often a barrier for at risk youth, and we are pleased that the students themselves requested that these Math Boot Camps be offered to help them be better prepared for the exams. 

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2014

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