Aaron Price Fellows receive an “up close and personal,” behind-the-scenes look at San Diego’s governmental, cultural, business communities, and trips to our state and national capitols.
The Aaron Price Fellows Program was created by the Price Family to honor the memory and life of their son, grandson, and brother, Aaron.
Year one includes summer camp. Camp is where bonding and friendships begin to form between the Fellows. Fellows venture outside their peer groups or “safe-zones.” Here they begin the process of understanding and embracing their differences. This is done through a series of exercises and workshops that deal with cultural pride, racism, communication, and self-discovery.
Fellows also participate in a number of physical activities that emphasize patience, teamwork and trust. Camp includes arts and crafts, song, dance, journal writing and outdoor activities.
The remainder of the First Year experience involves field trips to San Diego government, civic and cultural institutions. Fellows learn how government and non-profit organizations function and why they are relevant to their lives.
During year two, Fellows continue field trips and visits to San Diego governmental offices and non-profit organizations. In addition, a college counselor conducts a workshop to assist Fellows in identifying colleges and financial aid opportunities and providing guidance for the college application process.
Year two also includes a trip to California's State Capitol in Sacramento. Fellows meet with members of the Assembly and Senate and learn how state government functions. Fellows also have a second year camp during the summer months.
Fellows continue to develop leadership skills and organizational skills during year two. They participate in workshops dealing with issues relevant to teens such as, self-esteem, relationships and peer pressure.
Year three begins with a week-long trip to Washington, D.C. Fellows visit with government officials, tour important sites and learn about the many functions of the federal government. They also continue to bond and strengthen their friendships.
During year three Fellows reflect on their three year journey in the Fellows program. They reflect on their impending transition from home to college and/or work. They discuss separation anxiety, fears and any apprehensions centered around the many life changes they are about to experience.
The Graduation Ceremony is the Fellows last program. Fellows and their guests come together and look back at the many special times and events they experience in the program.