Community Impact

Horizons establishes a lasting partnership between public elementary and secondary schools, and the University of Mississippi, building a strong learning community. 

Horizons multi-year summer program serves students over the course of their pre-K–12 academic careers.

Horizons’ multi-year summer program builds strong learning communities. Photo by Robert Jordan/UM Communications

Horizons at the University of Mississippi recognizes its role in the local learning community and seeks to build lasting partnerships with campus and community organizations. Since lasting connections create the greatest impact, Horizons makes student and staff retention a priority. The Horizons model aims for families to be involved long-term with graduates returning to volunteer or teach, and siblings making their way through the program.

Having all students perform at grade level, succeed in school, and graduate from high school creates a healthy community. Horizons focuses on engaging the entire family in students’ academic success through parent activities designed to encourage interest and participation in learning and education. Horizons at UM is actively engaged in community efforts and works with a number of community partners and coalitions. Horizons sees community engagement as essential to its programming and, along with on campus partnerships, has developed lasting relationships with a number of community partners.