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Black Achievers Hold Sessions on Campus

The YMCA of Central Kentucky Black Achievers program held sessions for middle and high school students on motivation and life skills on Transylvania’s campus in February. Though Transylvania has previously had ties to the Black Achievers program, this is the first year that events have been held on campus.

“We’ve partnered as far as scholarship money with students who graduate from the program and come to Transy,” coordinator of multicultural affairs Vince Bingham ’98 said, “and we’re pleased to have a greater involvement this year.”

The aim of the program is to connect seventh through twelfth grade students with positive adult role models and provide exposure to career, educational, and social opportunities that enable the students to make informed decisions and develop the skills necessary to compete successfully in life.

The primary activities take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month throughout the school year and offer two types of sessions: general sessions designed to provide guidance and motivate students, and cluster sessions that expose students to specific life skills. Cluster sessions that took place include Arts and Culture, Business, Computers, Engineering, Medical, and Communications.

“Many of our alums are Black Achievers,” Bingham said. “This is a program that ignites students’ thirst for knowledge.”

The Black Achievers program culminates with an awards banquet at Lexington Center in April. In March, Bingham accepted the Service Award on behalf of Transylvania at the Urban League Young Professional Gala in recognition of work done with the Leading and Impacting Futures Today Conference and Black Achievers.

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