Academic enrichment and career exploration has dramatically increased high school graduation and college retention rates since the program began in 1999. Approximately 1,300 students have participated each year. Seventy-nine percent maintain a 3.0 GPA and above. Of those who completed the program, 100 percent graduated from high school and 96 percent attended college. PEOPLE seeks a broad impact through the professional development of 125 exceptional teachers from participating school districts each summer. Middle and high school educators attend credited professional development seminars discussing issues in science, math and literacy, as well as strategies for better teaching strategies.