Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the You Too Can Go To College Fair. This event was the brainchild of the brothers of MALIK Fraternity Inc. I must say that the fair was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. To see so many eager young men and women with a sincere interest in going to college was a heartwarming experience. Representatives from over seventy colleges and universities came to PS 46 in Harlem, NY to participate.
Why are events such as this one important? Why must there be more of them? Here are the statistics for young men and women in 2011:
We can’t get our youth into college if we can’t keep them in high school. I am of the opinion that we need more grass roots programs that appeal to our youth and that share “real life” stories on the importance of education. I believe that we should work to impart a culture that a college education is something that is not only attainable but necessary.
Below are a few more statistics to consider:
More statistics worth review:
Programs like the You Too Can Go To College Fair bring joy to my heart. I’m sure that there’s many more similar programs going on all over the country. I applaud all of you for your efforts. We must do everything that we can to get and keep our youth in school.
 National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/2011menu_tables.asp) Digest of Educational Statistics: Table # 9
Ernest R. Heyward is the Founder and President of the Marketplace for Social Awareness and Social Responsibility Inc.