SLAAY is a program designed to specifically address the concerns and interests of Black and Latino students as they prepare to navigate educational institutions and career fields where they are underserved and underrepresented. This program serves as a resource for underrepresented youth to explore and experience professional, educational, and skill-building activities.

Key Concepts

  • Civic Engagement
  • College Readiness
  • Communication
  • Cultural Competency
  • Financial Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development

For Youth Grades 9-12

  • Create a safe space and environment to discuss topics that pertain to the success of Black and Latino students and bring awareness through a theater arts lens
  • Engage Black and Latino students in culturally relevant curriculum and programming

4-H Club – 8-10 sessions for youth which focus on Public Speaking, Social Issues in underserved and underrepresented communities and Positive Recreational Activities


Summer Programing – Youth are encouraged to participate in the Illini Summer Academies experience, summer club activities, and any local 4-H summer programing.

  • Illini Summer Academies
  • Community Organizations including other youth serving organizations; schools; libraries; and local community centers