Niara Academy


Swahili: Of high purpose

The Niara Academy is a virtual summer enrichment program developed for high school students. Project Optimism understands the need for historically undeserved youth to not only have extracurricular outlets, but to engage in personal reflection and personal developmental training. This free eight-week program incorporates elements of the Social Change Model of Leadership, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Chickering’s Seven Vectors Theory to assist students in developing their identity and living in congruence of their authentic selves.

June 13th - August 8th

Application Deadline: May 30th


Admitted students will receive all program material via mail and will have access to 16 hours of personal development content.


Evidence-Based Practices

At the conclusion of the academy, students will have the opportunity to apply for two scholarships that will help jump-start their college savings.

This academy incorporates specific  techniques and intervention models that have been proven to have positive effects on students.


Serving Sacramento and Los Angeles County

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Tax ID: 82-1542836

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