Experience Our Programs

Linking college, career, and community

Atlantic Impact works through four programs:

Our Town

Through Our Town, Atlantic Impact provides school-based learning experiences, field trip programs, and youth employment opportunities aimed at strengthening students’ depth of knowledge about their community, and bolstering their ability to contribute to its economic future.

Students on a recent field trip to the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Our World

Through the Our World program, we provide students with a trip abroad that is filled with  historical, cultural, and entrepreneurship experiences. During this trip, we connects high school and college students during an immersive global travel experience each summer. During these trips, we pair Atlantic Impact youth with an Our World university student Fellow, creating a once in a lifetime learning and travel experience for each pair. OWF work with their high school mentees by providing support in the college admissions process, and helping students prepare for life as a future college student. Further, high school students receive university support if they choose to enroll in that partner university upon high school graduation.

Students participate in a team welding exercise designed to teach self-reflection and technical skill

Our World Fellowship

The Our World Fellowship (OWF) is a summer study abroad program administered by Atlantic Impact for students at regional universities. This is an opportunity for university students to lead, inspire, and transform the lives of Detroit high school students from at-risk schools and communities. During our summer international trips, we pair Atlantic Impact youth with an Our World university student Fellow, creating a once in a lifetime learning and travel experience for each pair. OWF work with their high school mentees by providing support in the college admissions process, and helping students prepare for life as a future college student. Further, high school students receive university support if they choose to enroll in that partner university upon high school graduation.

Students and program leaders gather during 2018's group excursion in Barbados.

Our Future

A primary goal for Atlantic Impact is to ensure that all students are empowered by experiences that prepare them for future success. Through Our Future, students meet regularly, reflect upon their travels, and design strategies in preparation for completing their academic goals, developing as future leaders, and building stronger communities,

Our Future is also a time where students are connected to opportunities that:

  • Help them understand their potential in the local and global economy
  • Ensure that they competitive during the college application process
  • Ensure that students have support during college
Students participate in a group dialog and discuss opportunities for personal growth during a reflective exercise.