The 21st Century Community Learning Centers’ After-School Program hosted its Second Annual Parent and Student Leadership Symposium June 4-5. This year’s theme, Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Preparing our Students for a Global Market, embodies our vision that our students are off to great places – college, careers, and travel. It was an action-packed, fun-filled weekend of activities. The kick off session opened with a greeting from Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, a performance from students at Dossin Elementary-Middle School, and a reading of excerpts from Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Roslyn Ruffin, Deputy Network Leader of Instruction.
The reading was followed by “College Night” hosted by 107.5 radio personality “Paigion” where parents and students viewed a Greek Show with steppers from Omega Psi Phi and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternities. Afterwards, there was a panel discussion on college readiness. The evening ended with family entertainment and activities such as arts and crafts, lessons from Out The Mud Youth Organization on table setting and tie tying, selfie stations and ballroom and hustle lessons for adults and children.
The following day, parents and students had an energizing and wonderful experience listening to keynote speaker, Yul Allen of STEMGenius and participating in engaging break-out sessions entitled Preparing for College, Trades, and Scholarships; Around the World in One Bite; Visions for Families in the 21st Century; STEM – A Lesson in Robotics; Music Mogul – Engineering Music You Create; and STEM – Forensic Science as a Career. They received the books 10 Ways Anyone Can Graduate From College Debt-Free by Kevin Brown and Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss, recipes and scholarship information.
Participants left the symposium with the message from Dr. Seuss, “So . . . be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is you day! Your mountain is waiting. So . . . get on your way!” This powerful weekend experience was made possible by a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and partnerships with The Children’s Center, the YMCA of Greater Detroit, and the Youth Development Commission.
Submitted by: Vikki Coleman, DPS Director, 21st Century Community Learning Centers