Horizons Director Scott Tucker Pleased with School Expansion

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Horizons Atlanta is a non-profit organization that offers children from low-income families the chance to receive academic enrichment opportunities through its summer programs. This summer for the first time in their 14 year history the organization were able to expand its program to high schools for the first time. From humble beginnings with just 12 kindergarteners in 1999 the program now enrolls more than 140 students annually. According to a recent article from FunGamesBlog.com Scott Tucker, the director of the Atlanta, GA. based Horizons, spoke about how pleased he was to be able to grow the program to offer high school age children some much needed skills to help them prepare for life post high school.

Horizons Atlanta is a non-profit organization that offers children from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to further their academic studies through their summer programs. The educational family fun and games oriented website FunGamesBlog.com recently picked up on an article from a local Atlanta newspaper that detailed how the Horizons program was able to expand. This summer saw the launch of Horizons' very first high school program and executive director Scott Tucker recently told the weekly Atlanta based NeighborNewspapers.com about how they had been trying to expand the program for some time.

Mary Catherine Thomson's recent NeighborsNewspaper article carried a quote from Tucker who said, "We had been looking at ways to extend and grow our program and decided then that this was something we wanted to do. "The non-profit organization began as an affiliate of the National Horizons Student Enrichment Program Inc. back in 1999 with just 12 kindergarten students. This summer over 140 students are enrolled in their summer programs. According Thomson's recent NeighborsNewspaper article discussions with the National Horizons began nearly two years ago but it wasn't until a meeting in January of this year that the plans to extend the program to cover high school age children really took off.

The new high school program is aimed at helping to expose teenagers to the many options they have when it comes to life after high school, and giving them the resources to help them apply for colleges and training courses. Executive director Scott Tucker further added in Thomson's recent NeighborsNewspaper article "So many of the kids don’t have an idea of what they want to do, and many have been told they don’t have the opportunity. We are trying to expose them to new opportunities, as well as show what is necessary to get there."

The program is staffed by partly by volunteers with an emphasis on the older children mentoring the younger children. The program lasts for 6 weeks and will include guest speakers, visits to local colleges, practice resume writing, and activities based around enabling the students to achieve their goals by focusing on their interests.

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