Emory Graduation Generation


The following is a collection of the programs (both past and present) that Grad Gen implements through its
University - Community - School - Family partnerships. 

Current GradGen Programs

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Curriculum Boost

Provides academic support across the curriculum for BAMO Academy, Harper Archer, King Middle and Maynard Jackson High School teachers, including creating/supplementing lessons in Social Studies, Biology, English/LA, Economics and establishing enrichment opportunities.

Suture Lab

As part of Curriculum Boost, GradGen partnered with Emory Medical Interns and Residents to provide students at MJHS an opportunity to participate in a suture lab. Students at Maynard Jackson who were enrolled in the anatomy course were taught to sow stitches into a pig’s foot.


Student Educational Experience Development (S.E.E.D.) Program

Designed to encourage academic excellence for all levels of learners, S.E.E.D. pairs Emory students with high school students for mentoring and guidance.

As part of this mission, they host several “One Day at Emory” events throughout the year, where students are brought to Emory and given a tour of the campus. Students also engage with various student groups who design activities for them.


Paving our futures (POF)

POF students go out into the schools to help high school students apply to college. They assist them in finding scholarships and hold office hours so that students can talk to them one on one about their applications.

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Students obtaining atlanta research (s.o.a.r)



My story @ drew charter

An after-school group that is designed to kindle a love of reading, elevate confidence, and improve literacy. Students read and discuss books that they choose in a group setting and are encouraged to share their own thoughts about each book, and to complete interactive activities related to art, writing, and music.

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GradGen volunteers and interns, along with community volunteers, pack food boxes at Glenn Memorial Church for GradGen families and food bags for students at other schools.

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Library Research tours

Emory Librarians take groups of GradGen students on a tour of Emory’s Woodruff Library and discuss with students the importance of research and the resources that Emory has to offer. Students also have the opportunity to ask questions and view the exhibits in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books (MARBL) Rose Library.

Emory Reads

The Emory Reads tutoring program was created under the Department of Education's America Reads Challenge, whose goal is to help ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of the 3rd grade. Through our partner organization, Hands On Atlanta, local elementary schools are identified to host Emory student tutors.

Emory Reads tutors carpool to local elementary schools, where they provide one-on-one literacy and math tutoring to children. 

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Goizueta Investment Management Group

The Goizueta Investment Management Group (GIMG) is an undergraduate student-managed investment fund at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. The students invest and manage a portion of Emory’s endowment. In addition to their investment activities, they are extremely passionate about using their resources to help teach financial literacy to underserved youth in the Atlanta area.

Debate Team

GradGen supports DH Stanton ES, Whitefoord ES, Martin L. King, Jr MS and Maynard H. Jackson HS through the Atlanta Urban Debate League.


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Model U.N.

Familiarizes students with the protocol and processes of the United Nations. Students learn public speaking skills, research skills and logical argumentation.

Young Kings and Young Queens

Young Kings and Queens Program is a mentoring program focused on the student's voice.  

Young Kings is in grades 5-12 at Stanton ES, King MS & Jackson HS.  Young Kings is an official class offered in the spring semester for 6th grade young men.

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Young Queens was piloted this past spring for young women in grade 6.  The Young King & Queen curriculum is broken down in 3 components; Conflict management (Kingian Nonviolence), Debating Skills (AUDL) and the "Who am I & My Voice" session (created by 2 Emory Students).

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College Tours

GradGen hosts college tours for students as early as the 4th grade.  The main focus is on middle school and high school students in order to expose them to a college campus environment.  All students get a glimpse into the life of a college student but are also given the opportunity to participate in career and conflict management workshops (middle school) or learn about research techniques and opportunities (high school).

S.T.E.A.M. Club

Monthly science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics club for 3rd-5th graders. Community partners adopt a month to create lesson plans and lead the students in engaging, hands-on activities to enrich their STEAM knowledge.

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Preparatory program for high school students who will be taking the SAT or ACT.


Exposure Trips

GradGen partnered with Stanton ES to expose the students of DH Stanton ES to different activities and parts of Atlanta.  By creating an incentive-based structure around the Accelerated Reader program in an effort to increase reading scores, numbers of books/words read, and good behavior, the partnership allowed students to go skating, visit the Georgia Aquarium and dine at the Sun Dial (Westin Hotel) this year.

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Past Programs 


High school students mentor middle school students.

In an effort to impact the community, Boy With a Ball’s Velocity cross-age mentoring program was launched at Maynard Jackson High School in 2014. Velocity comes from the C.A.M.P. (Cross Age Mentoring Program), designed by mentoring expert, Dr. Michael Karcher, who teamed with Boy With a Ball to implement the program at Harlandale High School in San Antonio, Texas. In its first year, Velocity recruited a group of 40 high school students and utilized a highly-effective training curriculum to prepare these students to be mentors for middle school students.  Once trained, each high school mentor is paired with one middle mentee for an entire school year that includes participating in an after-school program once a week together.  Mentoring takes place within a flow of exciting activities, snacks and relational interaction.



Atlanta Music Festival Conservatory


Music program for 4th-6th graders interested in learning to play band instruments, piano, and percussion.


Kingian Nonviolence

Conflict resolution and leadership development for all students

Moot Court Competition

The Young Litigators Project works with middle and high school students to help them gain a better understanding of their Constitutional rights and responsibilities. With the guidance of volunteers, the participants write a brief and have the opportunity to present their brief to a panel of judges in the spring.



Peer Leadership

The Peer Leadership Program trains students to serve on a panel and assign sanctions to those students who have committed nonviolent offenses within the school. When students are able to participate in a process that affects their academic environment, they gain skills and confidence that changes how they see themselves, their surroundings, and how they can positively influence their peers.