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Project L.I.F.E. impacting students at Academy at Eleventh Street

Students will discuss 10-week pilot program in presentations May 5

Grades Going Sky High read the headline of a student in Project L.I.F.E. (Leadership Independence Freedom Empowerment), a WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships program with the Academy at Eleventh Street. Graduate Assistant Keira Martin of Louisville initiated Project L.I.F.E. as part of her work through in the Center’s WKU Hill House program. The young man spoke of working hard to improve his grades in Biology and other subjects. “My future plans: To become a better person in life,” he finished.

WKU graduate assistant Keira Martin works with a student at the Academy at Eleventh Street as part of the ALIVE Center's Project L.I.F.E. program.

WKU graduate assistant Keira Martin (right) works with a student at the Academy at Eleventh Street as part of the ALIVE Center’s Project L.I.F.E. program.

Not every high school student is thinking about getting better grades. Not every student is focused and on the track to finish high school with high grades. Some students need additional support. This is where Project L.I.F.E. comes into play.

The mission of Project L.I.F.E. is to positively influence students’ attitudes toward their future by exemplifying positive theme goals in order for them to be successful. Ten students participate in the program at the Academy at Eleventh Street. They meet every Tuesday for a lesson and hear from community speakers.

“I see such potential in these students and am inspired to be part of the solution through this program. I feel, through this program, I can make a positive impact on these kids and in turn help them to think differently about their future plans,” said Martin, also a graduate student in WKU’s Counseling and Student Affairs program. “The Project L.I.F.E. program and the students it impacts are important to me because they represent the population I want to work with in the future. I want to work with underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.”

When designing Project L.I.F.E., Martin wanted the program to be a part of her research looking into self-efficacy toward the attitude of one’s life. After this semester she plans to come back to the Academy at Eleventh Street in the fall implementing pre-test and post-test assessments. The plan is to see if the students’ attitudes are changing for the better after a year’s time span.

All of the students in the Project L.I.F.E. make a final presentation at 1 p.m. Tuesday (May 5) at the Academy at Eleventh Street. Students will share what they learned through this 10-week pilot program. The program is expected to start again next academic year for its first full session. For information on Project L.I.F.E., contact the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships at 270-782-0082.

The WKU Hill House is a graduate assistant program that gives an interdisciplinary team of four students the unique opportunity to apply their graduate coursework in community settings. Through community-based research and development projects, students gain an understanding of local issues and work to address them in partnership with others. Through the Hill House program, students learn the practical value of their academic training and apply it to strengthen communities locally and beyond.

Contact: Aurelia Spaulding, (270) 782-0082

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