Chicago Westside NAACP To Host Free ACT-SO Academic Premier Program In Proviso Township, Info Session Saturday, July 12, 12 PM


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Chicago Westside NAACP To Host Free ACT-SO Academic Premier Program In Proviso Township, Info Session Saturday, July 12, 12 PM

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, June 30, 2014 – On Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 12 noon to 2:30 pm, the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP will host an Informational Meeting to introduce its brand new ACT-SO Academic Premier Program, a FREE after school enrichment program for high school students in Proviso Township and Oak Park. The Informational Meeting will be held at the Quinn Community Center at St. Eulalia Parish at 1851 South 9th Avenue, Maywood, Illinois. (Enter through Door 3 on the 8th Avenue side of the building.) Light refreshments will be served.

The Academic Premier program is a scholarly enhancement to the NAACP ACT-SO competition, which promotes excellence in academic and cultural pursuits and has been in existence since 1978. Karl Brinson, the President of the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP, noted that Academic Premier is an attempt to give African American high school students yet another avenue for acquiring the knowledge base and skills that colleges and universities are looking for, and that students will need to be competitive in the college admissions process.

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod, a former college educator and the president of The Need To Know Group, the company that will administer the Academic Premier program, said, This is a great opportunity for students to participate in a rigorous, culturally sensitive, fun and interactive project designed to help them develop a love for the learning process. It will help them get ready for college. We are very excited about Academic Premier. It is a carefully crafted curriculum that features an awe-inspiring history journey, important writing fundamentals, science, technology and brilliant literature that focuses on the black experience. Academic Premier will help students gain confidence in their own academic and intellectual wherewithal. They will learn about the works of amazing people who look like them, and they will gain a clear cut understanding of how unlimited their own futures can be with the right amount of discipline and tenacity. The program features etiquette and leadership development training, as well as guest speakers, games, and competitions; and there will be fascinating activities for creative expression. In terms of who should apply, we are looking for that bright student who may not be performing up to his or her potential, and who needs more motivation and inspiration to realize his or her goal of graduating from college. We are also looking for some of our high academic achievers.

Interested students and their parents or guardians should attend the July 12th meeting at the Quinn Center to obtain more information about this free program and to learn more about the easy application process. Students living in the near west suburbs are eligible to apply, including students enrolled at Proviso East, West and PMSA, as well as Oak Park-River Forest, St. Joseph and Fenwick High Schools. All students selected for the program will receive an iPad, and a free meal will be provided before the start of each Academic Premier class. VFP

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