Summer Enrichment

Summer Program Components

Summer enrichment is a key component to the unique nature of our program. Determined To Succeed students do not face ‘Summer Loss’ – the backtracking of academic gains that most low-income students face when denied enriching summer activities. To ensure that our students do not lose their scholastic momentum, we enroll them in programs specifically chosen to match their interests, academic needs and grade levels.

While we focus on academic content, we make certain that our programming is fun, engaging and meaningful.

For middle school and high school students, summer programming consists of 4-5 weeks of internally developed programs and partnerships with area non-profits, enrichment programs and colleges.

College students engage in prestigious internships and/or paid employment to give them a head start on potential opportunities that may lead to career options for them.

Summer 2015

Determined To Succeed summer programming goal is to provide our students with a wide array of enriching, engaging opportunities that focus on leadership and team-building skills, acquiring 21st century tools like coding and programming, developing critical thinking and social responsibility and exposing them to college life through in-residence campus experiences.

We both develop programs internally and partner with non-profit or for profit organizations and colleges to provide students with the most effective programming possible.

Barnard College

Four high school students will attend the 4-week Summer in the City: Liberal Arts program and one student will attend the 1-week Liberal Arts Intensive at Barnard College in New York City! Katherine and Diana had such an amazing experience there last summer that their enthusiasm encouraged their peers to apply! Barnard was so impressed with Katherine and Diana that they asked us to partner with them!

California Youth Think Tank (CYTT)

Six of our high school students will attend this week long in-residence program housed at USC during their Leadership training. They will participate in a variety of challenging activities designed to help them build leadership, confidence, critical knowledge and the skills needed for success in college, business and life.

General Assembly

General Assembly is a global educational institution that specializes in instruction in technology, business and design. GA staff will submerge our high school students in an intense week of in all of their areas of focus.

Junior State of America

The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation (JSA) is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. One of our high school students will attend this highly competitive 3-week program housed at Georgetown University where he will engage in debate, political discourse, critical thinking and much more.

Mock Trial Program

This program was created by the Constitutional Rights Foundation to help students acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of society. Students will participate in this weeklong program overseen by a teacher, two attorneys and ultimately presided over by a judge in a real courtroom!


Founded by Stanford graduates with a passion for learning, 9 DOTS creates original STEM projects that teach students to explore, inquire and innovate. 9 DOTS staff developed a program exclusively for Determined To Succeed students that will include Mindstorm Robotics, Website Design and Stop Motion Animation. 9 DOTS will continue to provide a STEM curriculum throughout the academic year on a monthly basis.

SMASH (Summer Math And Science Honors Academy)

Determined To Succeed is incredibly proud of two of Hamilton High School students, Mario and Raul who were selected as freshman for the Academy at UCLA. SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer immersed in rigorous STEM classes along with other high achieving minority high school students.

UCLA Unicamp & Unicorps

The 80-year-old Unicamp is an overnight camp developed to give low-income kids from Los Angeles the camping experience of a lifetime in the mountains near Big Bear. For most of our students, it is their first sleep away from home experience and it has become an essential step to give students and parents the confidence that they will be able to go away to college. Students attend every summer through high school.

Young Storytellers Foundation

The Young Storytellers Foundation develops literacy through the art of storytelling by using group exercises and one-on-one mentoring. They provide under-served children an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance by professional actors. Our high school students are trained as Young Storyteller mentors to guide our middle school students through a week -long camp overseen by Young Storyteller staff. The program reinforces Determined To Succeed peer mentoring and bonding. Several of our rising high school seniors have received paid internships to work throughout the summer with Young Storytellers.



Quotes from our students’ experiences during summers past….

My experience at Camp Eagle was one in a million…hopefully, I can serve as a role model to one of those kids—and that’s the best I can ask for.” -Ivan, Tufts University, fall 2012

This summer I took my first trip to New York. We went to see a play called Westside Story, and it was amazing.” -Vicky, Cal State Sonoma University, fall 2012

One thing I learned at 9 DOTS was about HTML tags and computer language. One thing I would change is NOTHING except for us to stay longer!” -Natalie , Freshman, Ouchi High School 

I really enjoyed working with the younger Determined To Succeed students. It helped us become closer and even more of a family.”-Sara, Senior, Alexander Hamilton High School 

SMASH allows me to experience life in a college dorm and further my education in the STEM fields.” -Mario, Senior, Hamilton High School

Unicamp was the first time that David was alone and responsible for himself, he had so much fun and met so many people.” -Maria, 9th grade parent

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