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Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson celebrated the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project’s “Academic Signing Day” for the 2016 class on May 9 at Jungle Island.
Eighty-one graduating seniors, newly christened Wilson Scholars, put pen to paper and signed scholarships to the colleges or universities of their choice.
MIAMI (WSVN) — Almost a hundred Miami-Dade high school seniors received scholarships for college, thanks to a special program.
Monday night, the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project held its prestigious annual Academic Signing Day at Jungle Island.
Eighty-one young men signed scholarships to the colleges or universities they will be attending or enrolling in.
Role Model Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, served as the keynote speaker at the event.
Miami-Dade County on Friday threw its support behind President Obama’s campaign to save young men of color, just as the nation’s new education chief launched a complementary campaign to reduce chronic absenteeism among students.
Congresswoman Frederica Wilson and Carlos Gimenez formerly launched the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative in Miami-Dade County at a town hall discussion on ways to make the plan work locally. More than 200 local leaders including mayors, police chiefs, social service agency heads and school district officials participated.
This week I received a 100 percent rating from the Humane Society, which scores members of Congress on legislative issues related to threatened and endangered species.
It made me think, not for the first time, that if there was an endangered species list for human beings, the top category would be boys and men of color. They are seriously at risk, and in too many communities around our nation, more money is invested in incarcerating young boys than in saving them, and too many schools have become prison pipelines.
North Miami Senior High School student Deandre Chery recalls speaking to inmates at a trip to a prison with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project.
“They weren’t necessarily bad people — they made bad choices,” said Chery. “I said that could have been me, one day. I said that won’t be me. I’m going to pursue my life.”