This grant is funded by the Children’s’ Trust of Miami Dade County. The City of Homestead College Preparation Academy is a partnership between the City of Homestead, Homestead Police Athletic League, Homestead Police Explorers and Project Start Off Smart (SOS) The eight (8) week summer program prepares the youth and their families for what to expect during the college application, admission and acceptance process. Activities include individual and family assessments with support services provided to the youth and their family in areas that are identified as a concern. This may include collaborating with other agencies to provide the supportive services in the home or at the program site. Each youth’s academic history is reviewed, and remediation is provided in areas that are deficient. Upon program completion, each youth will have a portfolio that includes mock college applications, essays, financial aid application and a resume. Youth also participate in a college tour, visiting various universities throughout the state. At the end of the tour, the youth will visit Sea World, not only as an incentive for the excellent work that they have accomplished over the summer, but to learn about marine biology and the impact that marine life has on our planet. This ties into their beach clean ups as service learning projects that continue throughout the year. This year we served 57 students through this program.