Each August we have various information sessions to Emory medical/public health/graduate teachers as well as Emory sophomore undergraduate students and sophomores from our five Atlanta high schools.
SeptNew Member Selection
All members apply to join the program. Each year we select 24 Emory medical/public health/graduate teachers, 25 Emory sophomore undergraduates, and 25 high school students. After the selection, the leadership team works to pair the high school students with their undergraduate mentors and to create the learning small groups of 2 graduate teachers, 5 undergraduate mentors and their 5 mentees.
OctOrientation & Pinning Ceremony
All new members undergo orientation training to review expectations and discuss child abuse prevention teaching. Undergraduate mentors welcome the new high school students during our annual pinning where they meet the mentees and their families for the first time. This event helps set the stage for their 3-year mentor/mentee relationship.
We have one college prep and mentoring session in the fall to help get everyone excited about the spring semester!
All members (new and old) undergo a teacher-training workshop to equip members of with a better understanding of important socio-contextual determinant concepts that will be critical to the teaching and empowerment our high school students as well as all program participants. We also review the basics of facilitating the small group teaching sessions and provide the graduate teachers and undergraduate mentors with their curriculum handbooks.
Jan-AprSessions & Other Events
We begin the year with a strategy workshop session where graduate teachers and undergraduates meet to strategize and coordinate the specifics of teaching the lessons in their small groups. During the spring semester, we have 10 sessions on Wednesdays 4:30 – 7:00 PM at Emory School of Medicine and bus in the students from our five high schools for these sessions. During the spring semester, we also have other events to help build relationships across all levels of participants.
We end the year with our closing ceremony; an exciting event where the students present their final research projects on sexual health, neuroscience, and pubic health topics.
May-JulProgram Assessment & Curriculum Review
During the summer months, the EPiC Summer Experience begins with math, science, writing, and college prep courses. (Mentors can participate as RA's). Also, leadership spends time looking over the previous years, changing the curricula, and planning for the coming school year.