"March Madness" at BronxWorks: College Prep, Admissions Advising

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Like the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament for women and men, BronxWorks is “going mad” this weekend to help Bronx youth successfully transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college.  The first annual BronxWorks March Madness event, organized for youngsters aged 13 to 21, will be held this Friday and Saturday (March 13th and 14th), with events divided between two of BronxWorks community centers.

“We are offering a two-day event with a serious purpose in a festive atmosphere, combining fun with workshops, as a kick-off to this spring,” commented Jean-Pierre La Cour, coordinator of the BronxWorks Center for Achieving Future Education, which is co-sponsoring March Madness with Betances Community Center and Classic Community Center, two BronxWorks venues that serve residents from the surrounding NYCHA complexes.

On Friday, from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M., at Betances Community Center, 547 E. 146th St., students will receive counseling at workshops on how to select a college, complete an application, what to look for when making the giant step from middle school to high school, and how to apply for financial aid for higher education.  Food and refreshments will be served that day and Saturday.

On Saturday, starting at 3:00 P.M. at the Classic Community Center, 286 E. 156th St., students who participated in the events on Friday will take part in a basketball tournament, competing for trophies.  Also, in keeping with the party-like windup of March Madness, youngsters will have the chance to talk to representatives of fraternities and sororities about social activities on college campuses, a “meet the Greeks” orientation.  (Note: participants Friday must register for the Saturday program.)

Mr. LaCour’s Center for Achieving Future Education is a year-around program at BronxWorks dedicated to helping youngsters transition from middle school to high school, from high school to college and from the first year or two of post-secondary education to college graduation.  In the last 10 years, the program has helped more than 1,000 young people and parents.

For further information on March Madness, please contact Suzette Walker at swalker@bronxworks.org, or James Rivera at jrivera@bronxworks.org.  Both also can be reached at 718-585-5040.

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