- Faith & Family
A college education has always been a game changer for people in pursuit of a better life. Last week the United Negro College Fund’s Empower Me Tour made its seventh stop on the campus of Florida Memorial University. The free traveling career and college readiness road show was aimed at preparing students for success.
“This tour is having an impact at varying levels,” said Monica Newman McCluney, national director of strategic alliances and corporate relations for UNCF. “For middle and high school students and their parents we are reaching out to them with information to better prepare them for getting to and through college.”
During the tour, college, high school and middle school students got the opportunity to listen to a celebrity panel share their perspectives on what it takes to be successful. Small breakout sessions were also held on building a personal brand, speech preparation and making the most of the college experience. Among the celebrities on the panel was singer Kenny Lattimore, 42.
“We have been blessed with pretty extraordinary lives, we are just like those students only several years later,” said Lattimore. “I think it is important that they see themselves as being successful. I believe that if you are given a platform you have a responsibility. To me that responsibility is to serve the people.”
Stephanie Perry, 18, who was present at the panel discussion, said she enjoyed what the panelists had to offer.
“It is not every day that you have celebrities talk to students and actually give good advice,” she said. “A lot of times we see these people on TV and we don’t know their story. We don’t know how they got to be successful but today it feels like they pulled the curtains back just a little bit so we could see our paths to success.”
The nine city tour is in its four year. The final two stops will be in San Francisco, California on February 18th and Los Angeles, California on February 25th.
By Randy Grice