College Prep Program

There are more than 20 different ethnic groups in this area, many of immigrant families and most struggling to gain their portion of the American dream. The ACT prep course we offer help them prepare for the exams vital to opening the doors for university education.

Registration is now OPEN! Click the following link to register:

Our Congressional Award mentoring program guides youth through the process of earning a significant award symbolizing determination, service, and open-mindedness.

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities by their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

ACT & SAT Prep Program

Congressional Award Mentoring


Weekend School

We have been engaged in these activities for seven years, through our weekend school only.

Our teachers come from a diverse population, including over twenty countries and a dozen languages. We will use this grant to expand our positive impact in the community through reaching greater numbers of those in need, increasing our online teaching capacity and reach, expanding our teaching beyond. Our project is to provide a positive impact for the underserved youth of our South Salt Lake neighborhood by expanding our mentoring for the purpose of direct service  in the following areas:

1) After school and Saturday ACT and SAT Prep Courses - Currently this is on an as-needed basis, but we will be expanding this to serve our underserved population regardless of ability to pay, to remove economic barriers and create a much needed pipeline to university education.

2) Congressional Award Mentoring Program - This year in Utah we have helped three recipients receive this reward - one recipient is a Kurdistan refugee, and we intend to develop this into an established mentoring program.

3) Open Enrollment Turkish Classes - Targets underprivileged students from a multi-ethnic background focusing on Turkish language classes, character building and Muslim tradition, to help them integrate and become better US and global citizens.

4) Art Classes - Art and craft classes for local underserved youth and others to develop creativity and problem solving skills, seeking to expand from bimonthly to monthly classes to help more youth.

5) Organizing and carrying out small scale, immediate impact volunteering opportunities - Teaching needs of volunteerism and putting kind words into action through meeting immediate needs for small, limited scope projects. We will be specifically targeting underserved teenagers and young adults to help them see the positive impact of their own actions for those around them.

This South Salt Lake area we are in is filled with underserved and underprivileged young people, with little hope for future success unless we help. There are more than 20 different ethnic groups in this neighborhood, and many immigrant and refugee families struggling to lay hold of their portion of the American dream.

ACT and SAT Prep Courses will help them prepare for university and future education sidestepping current economic and social barriers.

The Congressional Award Mentoring helps expand future opportunity for these young people - not just for those who receive the award, but for all those around them who see that such success is an achievable possibility.

Weekend School Currently serving 3 dozen students from 20 different ethnic groups. We teach social studies, Turkish Language and Literature, and Turkish arts and crafts.

Targets underprivileged students from a multi-ethnic background focusing on Turkish and Arabic language classes, character building and Muslim tradition, working specifically with backgrounds of Turkish, Kurdish, Meskhetian, Turkmen, Kazak, Pakistan, and Uzbek families to help them integrate and become better US and global citizens.

Art Workshops

A group of Utah Valley University students visited Emerald Hills Institute and learned about the...