Saturday, February 6, 2016

Super Chapter Members Share Tips with Youth for Dreaming Big Career Goals

Bro Andrew Gibson talks to students
For the men of Gamma Pi chapter, nothing could be more about Scholarship and Uplift than reaching out personally to young students in our middle and high schools. Whether through the chapter’s flagship educational program, Project ENRICH, or through request by local schools for the men to come do Career Day or to talk to young black males about success and achievement, the chapter relishes such opportunities. Gamma Pi combined those opportunities over the holidays when it participated in a local high school Career Day and also sponsored the annual Career Showcase during a recent Project ENRICH Saturday.

Tyrese McAllister, wife of Bro.Anthony McAllister
 shares her career story with students 
The first event was held on December 3, when a contingent of Brothers from The Super Chapter visited with students at the high school level at Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro, Md. for a “Career Day” presentation. With a group of Brothers representing a diverse group of career backgrounds, from education to business to government, law and medicine, the Super Chapter has an excellent stable of men who all serve as positive career role models for today's students.

Among those presenting was Brother Anthony Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Stewart Financial Services.  Brother Stewart is a statewide business star, having been named one of Maryland's Most Admired CEO's last summer by The Daily Record, a business and legal publication.  His focus was relaying to the students how he developed his financial and entrepreneurial expertise, encouraging them to aim higher in the same vein. The young students also heard from chapter members who are experts in veterinary medicine, sale and marketing, education, real estate and business and other entrepreneurs.

Brother Anthony Stewart talks finances with students
Right after the holiday, the Brothers kicked off the New Year with the annual Career Showcase sponsored by the chapter’s Project ENRICH program. Held at Bowie State once a month, the program helps prepare students and families over a four-year period (ninth through 12th grades) for careers in college. On January 9, the chapter organized the annual Career Showcase. Several professionals from the community joined with Fraternity members in presenting a half-day look at various career options and the educational requirements for those jobs.

The Project ENRICH students heard from an actuary, a health care services administrator, an FBI special agent, an IT Auditor for the Federal Reserve Board, a management consultant and a forensic psychologist. As exciting as the various careers sounded, it was all about preparation. What courses do you take in college? What do you do in high school to get prepared? How much money can you earn? How many years of schooling are required to enter various career fields? How much travel is involved?  How do you get internship experience? Brother Willie Hines is director of the program.

The Ques posing for a photo at Riverdale
“When it comes to our young people and the Cardinal Principle of Scholarship, nothing could be more important than helping guide the talents and interests of our young people into productive, well-paying careers,” said Gamma Pi Basileus Brother Brian K. Long. “Ultimately that is the goal we all share in promoting Scholarship not only in Gamma Pi, but in the entire Fraternity.”

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