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Detroit College Day Recap

 

 

On March 9th, Black Young Professionals of Detroit supported Detroit College Day, a Detroit College Access Network (DCAN) sponsored conference held annually for Detroit High School students. The purpose of this conference is to get students excited about college and other post-secondary opportunities that are available to them.

The conference was held at the Wayne County Community College District campus on Fort Street and featured 14 Detroit high schools, bringing well over 700 students. The event featured a college fair as well as various panel discussions and college informational/preparatory workshops. The fair and discussions were led by local organizations such as MSU Advising Corps, AdviseMI College Advisors, Detroit HBCU Network, TRIO services, United Negro College Fund, and featured local colleges and universities including Wayne State university, Wayne County Community College District, University of Michigan Dearborn, and University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Detroit College Day took great effort in promoting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Throughout the numerous workshops and breakout sessions students were able to attend, the importance of the HBCU was highlighted, especially, in nurturing and educating of prominent African American scholars.

Black Young Professionals of Detroit Mentorship Program was also involved in the event, leading two workshops:

  1. Surviving College 101”, where students were able to learn of some of the struggles and obstacles they might encounter through their collegiate career and what tips, tools and techniques they can employ to help them succeed and overcome such obstacles.
  2. Group Talk: The HBCU Experience”, where Black Young Professionals’ HBCU alumni mentors shared their experiences and debunked myths about attending HBCU’s, and answered student questions.

Additionally, Black Young Professionals was honored to further support Detroit College Day by fortifying the volunteer effort led by United Way of Southeast Michigan. We deployed a small team of our members as room moderators for the workshops, and as way finders to assist students in making their way through the event.

We are thankful to all the mentors and volunteers who contributed to providing a great educational experience for students in the Detroit community, and we look forward to continuing our support of youth in Detroit through events like Detroit College Day.


Meal Packing for Meals on Wheels

On March 30, 2018, Black Young Professionals of Detroit joined the Detroit Senior Solutions’ Meals on Wheels program for a day in service to ensure that homebound seniors had a meal for the Easter holiday. Valley Service center was a packed with hundreds of people looking to do a good deed on Good Friday.

 

With our help and the help of multiple community groups and businesses within the area, Detroit Senior Solutions was able to pack 3,500 meals. Thank you to everyone that came out and please stay tuned for future service opportunities.

 


Abriged: March’s NSO Youthlink Exposure Module

 

On March 17, 2018, Black Young Professionals of Detroit held a mentorship event with the Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) Youthlink program. Mentors from Black Young Professionals spoke with students who were at various stages of their post-secondary education journeys. The students had plenty of questions ranging from how to survive college, and how do you balance school and a social life, to how to support yourself financially while trying to keep up your GPA. Our mentors were ready to share their experiences and some of the pitfalls they endured while navigating through these and similar hurdles during their undergraduate and graduate education.

It was overall, a very positive experience for both the mentees and mentors. We would like to thank the mentors who supported this event for their invaluable insight.

 

 

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