Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saturday Session Kicks Off Project ENRICH Program for Local High School Students

Not every teenager in Prince George's County was sleeping in on Saturday morning, October 8. At least 70 of them were "hanging out" with the Ques at Bowie State University's Thurgood Marshall Library, talking about how to select a college, how to access information on scholarships and financial aid, how to choose a career, how to save, invest and budget money and even how to become respectable men and women growing into adulthood. All of these and more elements were the keys to starting the engine that is Project ENRICH 2011-2012. Yesterday was the first official session for the current school year for Gamma Pi's flagship Scholarship initiative.

The surroundings were familiar, but the program is changing. With an eye toward going year-round, Project ENRICH has new leadership: Brother Willie Hines, an engineer from Southern University in Louisiana, is in his first year as director. Some new approaches are being tested to expand the offerings and better equip students with the tools they will need to get in, stay in and succeed in and after college. For example, the program this year will look to connect participating students with various summer enrichment opportunities in the area.  Project ENRICH is an ambitious program that the chapter would like to grow locally and beyond. The only cost to students is a $25 registation fee.

The registration door is rapidly closing and there may be a brief window of opportunity over the next few days for students who would like to join this year's program.  Learn more about Project ENRICH at:  Below is a video montage from Saturday's session at Bowie State.


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