The Sutton Scholars High School Enrichment Program offers a well-defined curriculum aligned with educational best practices. The primary focus on soft and life skills supports academic high school course work.
It has been a longtime passion of Bishop Sutton to provide an opportunity for young people to succeed in a world where success is not always an option. Bishop Sutton remembers growing up in Washington, DC, where some adults took the time and interest to help him learn things they don’t teach in school. It had a profound effect on him and prepared him for where he is today. This, he says, is what this program is all about!
In partnership with Morgan State University, 30 rising Baltimore high school freshmen formed the 2016 inaugural class of the Sutton Scholars. This group enjoyed a unique four-week experience on the campus of Morgan, acquiring important skills for use in high school and beyond. In particular, they learned people skills, work ethics, communication skills, money management, and how to stand up to unhealthy peer pressure. A mentor is also assigned to follow each scholar through the four academic years of the program.
For the summer of 2017, an additional group of 30 rising freshman will join the program. The program has been crafted to further develop the Sutton Scholars’ skills of public speaking, active listening, writing, and critical reading. They will also spend time at camp at the Claggett center, an experience that can have a tremendous impact on youth from an urban setting. The difference comes from the give-and-take quality that derives from living in small groups in an outdoor environment. The experience builds community, bonding, self-worth, deeper understanding of self and others, team building and a greater sense of hopefulness. This is an experience that can change lives and last a lifetime.
Thank you for helping our young people become the men and women they are intended to be.