The Council of African American Parents (CAAP) kicks off the 2010-2011 academic school year by holding its 14th Annual Parent and Student Educational Symposiumon Sunday, September 12,at at Cal State Fullerton’s Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.This year’s symposium themed “Involved Parents = Successful Children” will feature keynote speaker Dr. Mary Montle Bacon, a motivational speaker and human resources consultant.
An experienced teacher, university instructor, counselor, psychologist and school administrator in a variety of educational institutions, Dr. Bacon has also served as a probation officer in juvenile halls and community-based programs, ending her career in juvenile justice as a Field Deputy in the California State Attorney’s office. For the past two decades, she has conducted keynote addresses and seminars for hundreds of thousands of educators throughout the country and internationally primarily related to serving the most challenged youth and families in our educational systems. Her firm, Images of a Culture, has served as a consultant to major school districts on the East and West Coasts in implementing multi-year contracts focused on deconstructing negative beliefs about, attitudes toward, and expectations of those who are challenged in the educational system and providing strategies for fostering institutional change to ensure equity and equal access to educational opportunities for all.
Admissions advisors from numerous colleges and universities are expected to be on hand for questions and one-on-one meetings with parents and students. Students are encouraged to have their transcripts in hand for analysis. Workshops will be offered on matters ranging from financing a college education to creating strategies to gain acceptance to highly competitive universities. Campus tours will be available at Cal State Fullerton starting at Free parking is available in Lots F or E. RSVP is required for the event and campus tours. For more information and to RSVP call (909) 263-2354.
A listing of Educational Resources and Academic Support Servicesthat will be available includes CAAP, the College Board, the University of California Office of the President, (COSMOS, MESA, EAOP and the UCLA Urban Collaborative), National Society of Black Engineers, ACT, Legacy Roundtable Collaborative, Moore Educational Services, National Council of Negro Women, Black College Expo, Sallie Mae, the Princeton Review and Knowledge is Power College Tours. Southern CaliforniaEdison is a platinum sponsor of the symposium.
Representatives from many colleges are expected to be on hand including several from the UC System, Cal Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside and UC San Diego plus others. The CalState system’s Cal State Fullerton, a premier collegiate partner to CAAP, will help showcase the Symposium, and Cal State San Bernardino, Sacramento State, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State LA are eagerly sending recruiters. Private universities expected are Cal Lutheran, Whittier College, Cal Baptist, Harvey Mudd, Loyola Marymount,Stanford, University of Southern California and Cal Tech. Historical Black Colleges and Universities expected include Hampton, Florida A&M, Spelman, Howard and Morehouse. Community Colleges includeMt.SAC and Chaffey. Anticipated Black Greek organizations are Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi.
Expect Excellence best describes the Council of African American Parents expectations of its student scholars. The program is a groundbreaking college preparatory schema with a proven track record. Its foundation is based solely in academics, testing prep, study skills, cultural enrichment, self-awareness and confidence building from 4th through 12th grade. In its 18-year history, more than 800 students have come through the CAAP/PALS(PersonalAssistant Learning System) program and have gone on to medical, law and impressive graduate programs throughout the country and abroad. CAAP is a non-profit organization. Please visit the CAAP website and follow it on Facebook.
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