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Summer Academic Enrichment Eligible Programs

Program Info
Program: Verbal Advantage
Sponsoring Organization: D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute

Main Contact
Name: Aretta-Rie Johnson
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Address: 838 Stellar Place
St. Paul, MN 55117
Phone: (651) 230-5487
Fax: (651) 409-9530
Curricular area: Communications/Language Arts
Grades Served: 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11


¢ Introduce 50 words

¢ Pronounce 50 words

¢ Retain 30 words

¢ Spell 30 words

¢ Write out all words

¢ Memorize five Proverbs

¢ Memorize five adages

¢ Become familiar with 50 etiquette techniques

¢ Demonstrate all etiquette techniques

¢ Learn how and when to use a dictionary

¢ Read five books

¢ Research plausible career options

¢ Understand what it takes to matriculate into college

¢ Take pre-test, weekly test, and final test

¢ Have lots of fun

¢ And then some more FUN!!!


D.I.V.I.N.E. Institute (DI) serves children beyond the classroom under the auspices of an arcade-like (fun) environment. While we use education as the medium for change, it is our intentionality and program design that creates the impetus for lifelong learning and life improvement. DI has used its participants to help with designing how they learn since our formation. During our summer institute our Verbal Advantage and Principles for Living sessions use mnemonics to engage the youth. The youth help create the mnemonics that will be use during the summer program. Some of the memory devices the youth have implemented to retain their words and adages are skits (plays), improvisational comedy, divergent games, and songs. The more outlandish the mnemonic the better the participants are at retaining the vocabulary word, adage, or Proverb. All mnemonics are done in a wholesome manner. DI operates under the notion of a high-energy, fun, and exciting place to learn. When youth enter the program they create a wish list. Their wish list must be reasonable, e.g. a cell phone or car is not reasonable because they cannot keep up the payments or buy insurance. The participants wish list generally consists of items like an iPad, iPod, stereo, keyboard, computer, headphones, CDs, gift cards, and/or cash. Our goal is to ensure participants receive at least one item on their wish list. This becomes a powerful way to motivate youth to learn. Our youth focus groups that helped with the design of DI indicated they felt like they should have summers off from learning. They asserted that the go to school nine months and they should not have to learn anything in the summer, hence our reason for adding incentives for learning. There is much research that supports incentive-based learning. The purpose of incentives is to reinforce the motivation and attain personal growth academically and socially. Research suggests that a system that provides a variety of incentives, rewards, and recogn

Program Dates

Monday, June 18, 2018 through Friday, July 27, 2018: six consecutive weeks. Sessions begin at 8:30 AM Monday through Friday and ends at 4:00 PM.

Can students reside on campus? No

Can students commute to campus? Yes

Estimated commuter cost per student
Tuition: $1,000
Fees: $0
Books: $0
Supplies: $0
Transportation: $0