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The National Lighthouse Foundation

About Us

Beacons and Rays of Light – Leadership Institute

Math and Reading Wizards

Summer Programs


The Beacon and Rays of Light – Leadership Institute is a leadership initiative sponsored by The National Lighthouse Foundation. The objective of the program is to foster academic excellence while building leadership skills among Georgia's youth. The 10-week experience includes seminars ranging from S.A.T. Prep, financial literacy, and independent living skills, to public speaking, and leadership/professional development. The leadership Institute includes a College Tour, Oratorical Contest, Talent Showcase, and numerous networking opportunities and other activities.

The Foundation seeks to enhance the lives of Georgia's most talented and gifted youth; affording them opportunities that may not have been readily available. Unlike other youth programs, the National Lighthouse Foundation has made a sound commitment to remain supportive in the lives of all participants throughout their undergraduate years and beyond.

How to apply?
Applications along with all other supporting documents are available on this website and must be submitted by April 30th of each program year.

Click Here to Request an Application.

What is the qualifying criterion?
All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 (4.0 scale), have taken the PSAT or SAT at least once, be a rising senior, and exhibit leadership within their school or community. Such leadership experience will be evidenced by participation in extracurricular activities and community service projects.

How much does it cost to participate?
The entire Leadership Institute is funded by The National Lighthouse Foundation and its partners at no cost to our students.

Beacons and Rays of Light Creed
A Lighthouse, a tower with a strong foundation and a very bright light. High upon a rock it leads the way for whoever dares to tackle the sea's uncharted waters.

A Beacon is a light designed to guide.
A Ray is a beam of radiant energy.

Beacons and Rays represent the young men and women of The National Lighthouse Foundation's Leadership Institute who dare to tackle the uncharted domains of our society and leave a lighted path for others to follow.

Together these three shall illuminate the far reaches of the earth by letting their lights shine for the world to see.

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Math and Reading Wizards is a supplemental educational program focused on mastery in the areas of math, language arts, and reading. It is a high quality program based on years of research designed primarily to increase overall student academic achievement. The program exemplifies the following principles that contribute to its success:

A. Parental Contact
B. A well-suited classroom and learning environment with 8:1 student/teacher ratio
C. Accessibility to all learners
D. Mastery prior to advancement

Kathy Cox, Former State Superintendent of Schools stated "I won't be satisfied until every student in Georgia graduates from high school and is ready for what comes next". This statement is the foundation of the Foundation’s Math and Reading Wizards program. We believe that all children have enormous, unseen, untapped potential to learn and grow. The program takes a different approach to each student because each child learns at different rates. Math and Reading Wizards allows them to progress at their own pace by offering individualized tutorial sessions for each child. The Foundation’s methodology includes starting a child off at a comfortable point where he or she can perform at a proficient level and then creating an atmosphere of confidence that systematically leads to higher academic achievement.

"The family is the most influential indicator of human behavior ….The family unit is the first and earliest institution for teaching and modeling self-esteem, survival techniques, adaptive capacities and perseverance" Baker Hill, 1996

When programs work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. Students are motivated to learn when they know that someone cares about them and their successes in life.

The objective of the Math and Reading Wizards Program is not only to improve performance in the areas of math and reading, but to introduce these subjects in a way that allows the students to discover a sense of pride and relevance to the world around them.

The Math and Reading Wizards Program is committed to establishing learning environments that are conducive to student achievement and accessible to all learners. Ensuring that, research shows that effective programs consider class size, mode of instruction, and program timeliness when being structured.

Our 8:1 student/teacher ratio is one component that has contributed to the success of Math and Reading Wizards. Ms. Maria Alverez, a parent in Buford City Schools stated, "Now that my son has been able to get the attention that he needed, I have notice a big difference in his grades." Lower student/teacher ratios are positively related to higher mathematics achievement.

The Math and Reading Wizards Program creates a solid foundation in a variety of math and reading levels. So that no student is overlooked, tutorial is tailored and customized in a way that allows students to learn individually. This promotion of independence pushes the students to be self-reliant learners, thereby establishing the confidence needed for them to excel in academics as well as standardized testing. The following are program strategies that Math and Reading Wizards incorporates in its day-to-day learning process:

Traditional Learning Environments Math and Reading Wizard Environments
  • Teacher-centered instruction
  • Multi-sensory Stimulation
  • Single Media
  • Information Delivery
  • Factual, knowledge based
  • Isolated, artificial context
  • Student centered learning
  • Single sense stimulation
  • Multi Media
  • Information Exchange
  • Critical thinking/informed decision-making
  • Authentic, real-world context

summer programs

Freedom School

Freedom Schools are a direct service model of the Black Community Crusade for Children (BCCC). Coordinated nationally by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF), the BCCC is a massive effort to mobilize the African-American community on behalf of Black children and families who are now faced with crisis situations. The BCCC's mission is to ensure that no child is left behind and that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life with the support of caring parents and nurturing communities. Freedom Schools incorporate elements of each of these five "Starts" into a comprehensive summer program. Through the Freedom Schools, the BCCC works in partnership with parents, young adults, and caring community leaders to create a new education vision for our children.

Freedom Schools strive to realize a vision that emphasizes the following core values:

  • All children can learn when they are nurtured and taught by knowledgeable and caring adults who believe in them and who are committed to sharing with them the joys of learning.
  • Children must be listened to, treated with respect, and offered opportunities to learn about their rich culture and heritage.
  • Reading is one of several keys that unlock the door to a child's potential.
  • Parents are vital partners in their children's education.

Freedom schools are staffed primarily by college-aged young people who are committed to making life better for children. Key goals are leadership development, leadership identification, training, linking, and nurturing a successor generation of young leaders. The Freedom School training prepares these young people to provide an enriching summer experience for the children they serve. It promotes principles of leadership by creating a link between effective programs, public policy, and coalition building. The training also provides the staff with the skills necessary to put these principles into action. In Freedom Schools an ethic of service is evident across generations as community leaders support these college-aged young people as they mentor their younger brothers and sisters.

Elements of Freedom School
Educational and Cultural Enhancement
Intergenerational Leadership
Community Involvement

Confirmation to Transformation

The Light House Foundation helps young adults visualize success by providing them with a strong foundation for career readiness, career retention, and career advancement. The Motivational training sessions will feature various workshops designed to promote the asset approach to developing youth. The sessions focus on enhancing the gifts and talents already inherent within the individual each. The entertaining curriculum and exercises are relevant to students’ specific interests. Students become engaged in the learning process and work simulations to apply real world solutions to real life issues.

Confirmation to Transformation provides classroom instruction-based learning, work simulations, structured recreation, cultural enrichment, and field trips. The workshops will be implemented in ways which effectively reach students with a variety of learning styles, skill levels and backgrounds. The participants will experience immediate feedback when any question arises. Learning new skills becomes a positive and fun experience

In addition to the various program established by the Foundation, it also provides scholarships to high school seniors who are committed to continuing their education by attending college. The Foundation awards savings bonds to ninth grade students pending successful completion of high school and entrance into college. This scholarship is potential-based and awards students who have demonstrated qualities that they aspire become leaders and make positive contributions to our society.

The National Lighthouse Foundation awards annually renewable scholarships to deserving high school seniors and ninth grade students. Our scholarship programs are open to all eighth grade students and high school seniors who have distinguished themselves as leaders among peers in school and community, maintain excellence in the classroom, and display a “can-do” attitude despite obstacles. Each applicant competes for scholarship funds by completing an application and submitting an essay. It is the Foundation’s goal to provide students with the financial support to pursue higher education. In order for a college recipient to receive funds, certain conditions must be met. These conditions are:

  • Mandatory graduation from high school
  • Acceptance at a college, university, or trade/ technical school
  • Choosing to remain chemical- free

School Program- Criteria for Selection:

  • Excellent Attendance (with excused absences)
  • Good Conduct (no suspensions, detention time, etc.)
  • Acceptable Grades (must not be in failing status in class)
  • Regular Submission Of Homework (in acceptable presentation and format)

Once a college scholarship recipient has been accepted and has begun the matriculation process at their chosen institute of higher learning, the Foundation will forward scholarship monies to the school’s Financial-Aid office in the name of the recipient. Scholarship applications are made available each year in October, and students are required to submit the application and supporting material by March 31 of the following year. Winners are notified by the Foundation staff and recognized in Foundation material and at