University of Northern Iowa

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    This program developed as a result of the “achievement gaps” that continue to widen among African American youth and other racial and ethnic groups. With the cooperation of the Waterloo Community School District, elementary and middle school girls “in need of improvement” are recruited to participate in weekly activities and experiences at UNI while tracking their academic progress. Given an overwhelming participant response in the first year with impressive results, IWF will fund a second year.