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Jacob’s Ladder was formed in 1991 with the vision of helping academically or intellectually gifted, at-risk children. The mission of Jacob’s Ladder is to foster intellectual, social, emotional and physical development; to provide support and information to the family unit; and to offer guidance in planning for advanced educational opportunities. With the help of local public school systems, Jacob’s Ladder, identifies students in the 4th and 5th grade levels and provides them academic and social/cultural opportunities through a month long summer residential camp. In addition to the residential camp, an advocacy follow-up program takes place throughout the year to provide consistent support. Visits by a Jacob’s Ladder counselor to the students' (Climbers’) schools establish relationships with guidance programs and faculty, and opens up a dialogue if concerns arise during the year. Home visits, group enrichment opportunities, area reunions, and weekend retreats are also part of the year-round advocacy and follow-up.
For the last twenty-five years, the program has been held on four Virginia college preparatory campuses. These locations provide a stable and academic environment for the camp and the Climbers. The camp has grown from the 20 original Climbers in 1991 to 60 students attending the 2015 summer camp. Academic enrichment is provided through the study of math, science, language, music and art. During the week, students receive 18 hours of hands-on instruction conducted by professionals in their field. Recreation and physical activities are provided with additional emphasis on the social, cultural and philanthropic aspects of life. Jacob's Ladder's month long residential camp offers enough time in a structured setting, to mold good study and living habits and character development. The overarching 5-year repeat plan of Jacob’s Ladder reinforces each Climber.
The ultimate purpose of Jacob’s Ladder is to aid these carefully selected students in reaching their potential so they will become leaders equipped to help others in similar economic and social situations.
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