The Civic Engagement High School Partnership promotes increased competency in core academic subject areas—History, English, and STEM disciplines—as well as builds and sustains a college-going culture at two traditionally underrepresented and historically underperforming Miami-Dade County Public High Schools: Miami Southridge Senior High School in South Dade and Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Overtown. The program seeks to address the disparities in high school education in Miami-Dade County Public Schools that leave many underserved students unprepared for a college education by improving access to resources for college preparedness and increasing aptitude in the skills necessary for collegiate success; including note-taking, studying, and critical analysis.

University of Miami students partner with Southridge High School teachers in history and language arts to enhance the curriculum, deliver creative guest lectures, and mentor students on the road to college. This initiative is designed to produce a mutually beneficial collaboration among high school teachers, UM undergraduates, and high school students. The goal of this initiative is to promote a college-going culture among traditionally under-served high school students; enhance the public school curriculum with innovative lectures and projects; enable UM students to translate their research interests into practical classroom learning; and foster intellectual engagement among the youth of our community.

Program Requirements:

1.  Giving three guest lectures over the course of the semester
2.  Working with assigned teacher on curricular enhancement for three lesson plans
3.  Meeting with assigned teacher five times during the course of the semester to discuss curricular plans
4.  Mentoring students by talking with them about collegiate culture, study habits, test-taking skills, etc.
5.  Work on the Partnership for a minimum of 70 volunteer hours.

Are you a UM student interested in this civic opportunity? Reach out to us via email: for the latest application deadline! 

At this time, you must be one of the following: English, History, American Studies, Latin American Studies, or Africana Studies major/minor to participate.