U.S. City Turns to College Students to Solve Affordable Housing Shortage

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One of the college students involved is a graduate of SuperCamp, a learning and life skills program, which he attributes with teaching him how to express himself and the confidence to present to large groups.

"I convinced them what I want to change in National City and I think the audience connected with us."

National City, a community of 59,000 in San Diego County, is collaborating with the NewSchool of Architecture and Design to solve its affordable housing dilemma. Several two-person teams of undergraduate architecture students are tasked with developing a vision and design strategies for one of the poorest areas in San Diego County—30 blocks in downtown National City. Initial presentations were made to municipal and industry partners on December 13.

One of the participants in the project is fourth-year NewSchool student, Tyler Napolitano. Tyler, who was a presenter in the December 13 meeting, admitted that he’s come a long way from his high school days when he was, in his words, “very timid.” He attributed much of his personal growth to a learning and life skills program he attended prior to his junior and senior years in high school—SuperCamp.

When asked about the meeting, Tyler said, “I presented on design, and my presentation reflected more; it was a reflection of who I am. It went really well. I convinced them what I want to change in National City and I think the audience connected with us.”

Commenting further on how SuperCamp helped him get to where he is now, Tyler said he always knew he wanted to be an architect, but he didn’t feel confident in how we was going to do it. He explained that SuperCamp helped him change his perspective on how to look forward, set goals and achieve them.

Tyler indicated that SuperCamp has made a big difference in other ways, as well. He said that English class was drudgery for him. But at SuperCamp he was able to make dramatic improvements to his reading comprehension and reading speed. English became his best class and a favorite, in part because he is better able to express himself, as he proved in his December 13 presentation.

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SuperCamp is the worldwide leader in student empowerment. Its 6- and 10-day summer programs prepare high school, middle school and college students to succeed at their next level by inspiring self-motivation and building their learning, leadership and life skills applicable in all facets of their academic and personal life. Over 78,000 students have graduated from SuperCamp programs in the U.S. and internationally since it launched in 1982. In 2018, summer programs will be held in the U.S. at Stanford University, Villanova University, the University of Central Florida and Southwestern University.

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