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The Summer Academies in the Arts is proud to be the first youth program on the UCI campus, as well as in the entire University of California system, to be accredited by Praesidium, the leader in abuse risk management.


Praesidium Accredited 2020-2023

WHAT is Praesidium Accreditation®?

Praesidium Accreditation® is a prestigious honor that publicly demonstrates the Summer Academies in the Arts program has worked to achieve the highest industry standards in youth protection and abuse prevention.

To attain accreditation, the program underwent a rigorous risk assessment to review and scrutinize eight primary operational areas including: policies that guide the program, screening and selection of instructors, training of program staff, monitoring and supervision of program participants, consumer participation in safety, feedback systems for internal reporting, responding to incidents, and administrative practices that ensure safety. Our assessment results were benchmarked against best practice standards and empirically based data collection methods to assess the risk of abuse in a program.

The Summer Academies in the Arts will be accredited for three years, and during this time will uphold fundamental organizational values and stringent safety practices that demonstrate our commitment to protecting those in our care.

Praesidium is an international leader in abuse risk management and has helped thousands of organizations for more than 25 years. More information about Praesidium Accreditation® is available at www.PraesidiumAccreditation.com.


WHY is this important?

Praesidium Accreditation® provides solid proof of sound risk management practices and the honor distinguishes the Summer Academies in the Arts from other programs in the industry. It shows our community - students, families, educators, and all - our dedication and commitment to proactively ensuring the safety and security of all the youth that participate in our program.

When considering attending our program or referring your student to us, you can rest assured that they will be in an environment that promotes learning and development in a welcoming and safe space.


HOW is this being done?

Our instructors have been trained in youth protection and online safety, with extensive policies in place to maintain the safety of all participants. Online sessions are attended and monitored by Summer Academies staff, with further measures implemented as recommended by UCI's TechPrep "How to Secure a Zoom Meeting". For more detailed information on how we ensure the safety and security of our students, specifically in a virtual environment, refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or Student Manual.


For more information regarding the Summer Academies in the Arts and its accreditation, email us at artsoutreach@uci.edu.


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This year have been difficult for all of us in many ways.  The arts have been hit particularly hard because so much of the work we do requires physical closeness and interaction.  While our traditional summer program on the UCI campus has been cancelled this year to prioritize the health and safety of our participants, instructors, and staff, we still need to support our community of artists.

For that reason, we are excited to offer the Summer Academies LITE program.  It provides advanced young artists the tools they will need as they prepare applications and audition material for college and career pursuits.  It also provides much needed employment for our team of instructors ⎼ practicing artists themselves ⎼ who have seen their commissions, gigs, and contracts cancelled.

If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to support the Summer Academies LITE program.  Your contribution will make a significant impact by supporting the artists who make it possible.

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