Project YES

The PROJECT YES (Youth Experiences for Success) Program , exclusively created and designed by FACE, is in direct response to the current White House “Race to the Top Educational Initiative” which seeks to address the prevailing lack of interest in education among US students of all middle/high school ages in under represented communities. Project YES implements academic curriculum and instruction in a more enjoyable, less classroom based format believed to have positive impacts on self-esteem and desires to achieve much needed life skills.

The Project YES Program has been designed to target three separate age groups and specific itineraries (tours) will be modified in conformity with student geographical locations throughout the United States, i.e. West Coast, Mid-West, South and East Coasts.

Under each age group, mandatory chaperones will be as follows:

  • Elementary = 1 for each group of 8 students
  • Middle School= 1 for each group of 10 students
  • High School = 1 for each group of 12
  • Hotel Room accommodations assigned on secured floors; with boys and girls separated from each other

• Fourth Grade – Elementary School children - A two day study/fieldtrip to the Sacramento, the state’s Capitol City and the historic Gold Country.
Sacramento sites to be visited will include: the State Capitol building, Sutter’s Fort, California Native Indian Museum, Old Sacramento and the Railroad Museum. While in Sacrament the students will meet with their local legislators, the governor if he is available, in Old Sacramento they will see what it was like in the Days of the Gold Rush and learn about the Transcontinental Railroad. While there they will also attend an 1870’s style school class session at the School House Museum and see the stage coach and Pony Express Monument across for the Wells Fargo History Museum where they will experience history first hand. They will stay in Sacramento overnight in a local hotel and dine together as a group.

The next day the students will travel a short distance to the Gold Country and visit will include: the James Marshall Gold Discovery Park and tour the Visitor Center. They will watch a video of the Gold Rush era and then visit the monument where gold was first discovered and a replica of the saw mill. They will have lunch at the Explorer Park where they will sing along with their Cowboy Musician, make authentic period crafts from a trained crafts person and learn the ways a fur trapper. The afternoon will be capped off with the students learning how to pan for gold. The group will then head back to the Sacramento airport and travel to Los Angeles.

The class room teacher and chaperones will be responsible for the group discipline. A FACE Tour Coordinator will accompany the group during the entire trip, providing commentary, answering questions, assuring all schedules are met, resolving any problem that may arise and provide for the safety of each traveler. Each group will have one chaperone for every ___ students.

The students will be given a test on the material learned on the tour when they return to school; curriculum knowledge assessment in compliance with school district guidelines.

• Middle School age group - A four to seven day trip to the East Coast.

• High School age group – A four to seven day trip to the East Coast.
These age groups will not be mixed and will travel separately. Each Study/field trip will include at least two destinations.

New York City, sites to be visited will include: Times Square, Empire State Building, Central Park, 911 Ground Zero, Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, United Nations, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History and the New York Stock Exchange.

The students will also participate in a Self-esteem/Actors workshop taught be a Broadway actor and they will attend a Broadway play.

Philadelphia, sites to be visited will include: Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Franklin Court, The Betsy Ross House, Elfreth’s Alley, U.S. Mint, the Franklin Institute (Science Museum, Drexel University and a trip to Gettysburg.

Washington DC, sites to be visited will include: the Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, National Mall, Monuments (e.g., Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, etc.), Arlington Cemetery, National Air & Space Museum, and Smithsonian Institution Museums, National Gallery of Art and George Washington University.

The students will meet with members of the Legislature from the Los Angeles area of California during their visit to Washington DC.

Boston, sites to be visited will include: The Freedom Trail, Fanueil Hall/Quincy Market, Boston Common, Copley Square, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, JFK Library and Museum, Bunker Hill, Cambridge, Harvard University and Lexington and Concord.

In each city, a special effort will be made to visit culturally specific sites, such as the Frederick Douglas National Historic site in Washington DC.

FACE has partnered with certified, licensed student travel agencies for confirmed capacity to deliver programs, tour itineraries, air travel, hotel reservations, meals, ground transportation and admission to points of interest.

The PROJECT YES Program is in direct response to the current Federal "Race to the Top" Educational Initiative; which employs curriculum and instruction in a more enjoyable, less classroom based format.
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