Building Men Program Summer Institute 2018

Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

Your son has expressed interest in attending the Building Men Summer Institute this summer. Below is the overview of the program for your information. Attached is the application for the Summer Institute. I look forward to the opportunity to work with your son this summer.

The Syracuse City School District has provided a unique experience for our young Building Men Program boys during the summer. This program will provide an educational experience for 150 boys (current 6th and 6th graders and Building Men 8th graders). The program will be housed at Danforth Middle School, Lincoln Middle School and HW Smith (50 boys) from July 9 to August 3, Monday - Friday (8:00 am to 2:45 pm). 

The boys will participate in ELA curriculum in which we will be studying different reading strategies working with a novel and a research assignment on Manhood. The Math program is factors and fractions, ramp up to algebra that will prepare our boys for the higher level math.

This summer we will read from the book 'All American Boys' by Jason Reynolds. It's our hope to inspire them to become independent readers. The boys will be given this book at the conclusion of the summer institute.

The boys will experience Character Building Talks that will be comprised of Chalk Talks that will highlight the topic of the week, guest speakers, and "A" Man's Class. The Chalk Talk is interactive session that includes quotes, video clips, discussion prompts and reflective writing sessions. The guest speakers will speak to the young men about what it takes to become "A" man, and how to develop the idea of positive significance and integrity while valuing and building relationships.

The afternoon will continue with a multi-sport camp that will consist of guest coaches presenting various topics and drills, followed by league play which will conclude the day. We will be instructing the boys on general physical conditioning and sport skill development. 

One Tuesday during teh Summer Institute, we will spend at OCC. We will teach our academic classes in college classrooms, have a College 101 class to explain the college experience, take a tour of the campus and eat in the college cafeteria. We look forward to creating a vision for higher education.

The boys who complete their weekly work will be eligible for the Thursday field trips. The field trips are designed to enhance the boys' development into young manhood. The criteria for attending these trips will be established to teach goal setting and self-discipline.

All applications are due to Joe Horan (HW Smith School) by May 31st. If you have any questions, please email me at or call HW Smith School at 435-4490.


Joe Horan
Building Men Program Director