A Walk for Education
The goal of A Walk for Education (AWFE) is “to increase awareness of the opportunities available through education particularly in the STEM fields and to shatter myths about African-Americans in math, science, engineering and other technologies.” AWFE is a grassroots program in which NSBE members go door to door in underserved Black communities and hand out information on college, scholarship information, SAT/ACT preparation tools, NSBE and share information on the benefits of majoring in STEM fields. AWFE is the primary outreach and advertising mechanism of TORCH. AWFE is a one-time broad effort to reach into the community and initiate a relationship that can be developed further through other TORCH activities.
In the 2011-2012 year, the CAE participated in the AWFE event in the Chicora Neighorhood. Our AWFE took place over a two weekend time period, where on the first weekend members went out in the community and spread awareness about the AWFE event we were planning the following weekend at their local community center. In that following week, members gathered again at their community center hosted a cookout where we showcased various IT/Engineering companies and technical demos for the high and middle school kids in attendance.
Our chapter’s AWFE was held on October 31, 2012 at North Charleston High School. Chapter members, wearing shirts to represent their college, visited a total of six classrooms and briefly talked to students about the importance of an education, while giving testimonials about their experiences and also informing them about career opportunities. We provided students with college information and helpful college preparatory information, and provided demonstrations of different technologies used within STEM careers. We’d like to thank everyone that helped make this event successful, including Nicole Duff, our Programs Chair, Edelena Smith from Communities in Schools, Tiffani Teachey, NSBE AE Region II Chair, and the teachers and staff at North Charleston High. Follow up events include revisiting North Charleston on November 14, 2012 to speak with another class as well as visiting a group of students at Burke High School on November 28.
The Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program is designed to stimulate the interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. The goal is to encourage students in grades K–12 to attend college and pursue technical degrees. Our PCI program provides activities to help students discover firsthand how engineering and technology relate to the world around them and discover the excitement of academic excellence, leadership, technical development and teamwork.
In 2012-13, we were able to establish our first NSBE Jr. chapter at R.B. Stall High School. We are excited about the opportunity to inspire and mentor these students, and look forward to continuing to fulfill NSBE’s mission. We have a number of activities planned for these students, and hope to bring this opportunity to other local schools.
Citadel Collegiate Chapter
We are excited to announce The Citadel NSBE collegiate chapter has been established for the 2012-13 school year. The chapter has established its executive officers and has began coordinating various events to attract members and establish a presence on campus and within the community.