- Faith & Family
On Sunday, June 10th, the graduating members of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Bee-ette and Senord Prepatory program gave their end-of-the-year presentation at Mt. Hermon African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Miami Gardens.
This year’s program included presentations by Ellis N. McMillon, III; Ashay Herrington; Kenshawn A. Ferguson; Kyla Carswell; Earl Williams, II; Kayla Curtis; Mickale Wells; and Joseph Miller.
The talented participants provided a variety of performances including musical selections on the saxophone and piano, poetry recitations and a short skit performed in Spanish.
This was the 34th class for the year-long program which is designed to teach seventh graders how to behave in various social settings, leadership skills and better self-esteem. The annual program, which begins in December and ends in May, involves participants in an array of activities including taking personal development workshops, learning spanish, reading to the elderly, and participating in various community service and cultural enrichment activities.
“Teenagers nowadays receive so much criticism that they are growing up the wrong way,” explained Alpha Gamma Chapter member, Dorothy R. Thompson. “So, we try to groom them so that they can see how important it is to educate themselves and so that they can take their place in society.”
The program was originally designed to cater to the needs of young ladies – also known as the Bee-ettes – before eventually expanding to consider the needs of young gentlemen – who are called ‘senords.’
To participate, a youth must be in seventh grade, have a minimum grade of “C,” have respect for themselves and others and also be able to follow directions, among other criteria.
Once a member of the Bee-ettes and Senords finishes the program, they move onto the sorority’s other youth mentoring group which allows them to be members until the students graduate from high school. The youth program also provides scholarships to eligible students.
The Bee-ettes and Senords program was created by the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Eta Phi Beta, Sorority, Inc, which is a non-profit business and professional women’s organization that focuses upon giving charitable contributions and services to the community. The local chapter was founded in 1967. The current president of the sorority is Linette Rogers and the chairperson of the Bee-ettes and Senords program is Twyla Johnson-Miller.
By Kaila Heard