|06-06-2007, 12:51 PM||#1|
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Arlington, TX
"Posse" program graduating 90% from college
Saw this on the news last night...what a cool idea. A 90% graduation rate is incredible. Here's their website: http://www.possefoundation.org/
Opening Up New "Posse"-bilities
A Foundation Teams Up Groups Of Underprivileged Students Into "Posses" And Success Follows
EASTON, Pa., June 5, 2007
(CBS) When Silvia Mancebo graduated this spring from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, she credited her 10-member posse. So did Osa Egharevba he was in the posse. So was Roger Ellis.
"I'd like to thank my posse group," Ellis said at his graduation ceremony.
In urban America, your posse is the group that has your back. They understand you and that's the concept here. This group was picked four years ago by the Posse Foundation in New York. The students are all from the inner city, almost all minority, almost all low income; and they got scholarships to go to Lafayette together, CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports for Shades of America.
"They absolutely can succeed at great schools," said founder Deborah Bial, who started the Posse scholarships after an inner-city student told her he would have graduated college if he'd had his posse.
"And we thought: 'What a great idea. Why not send a posse, or a team of kids, together to college so they can back each other up,'" she said. "It's a team."
A wildly successful team. In just one group, Tito Anyanwu is an engineer. Egharevba is going to medical school. Terese Brown will be a fashion buyer. Ellis is off to Lehman Brothers. So the question is why did kids this smart need a posse?
"I think one of the main reasons for posse is the support," Mancebo told Andrews.
"I personally would not have survived without posse," Maly Fung said.
One harsh truth about America today is that many inner-city teenagers grow up with almost no contact with white or affluent America. So for Egharevba, who grew up in the Bronx, mostly white Lafayette College was alien territory.
"It was culture shock," Egharevba said. "You notice that you're that poor black kid and that everybody else is white, and so you feel left out and isolated initially."
Is that where Posse helped?
"Definitely," Egharevba said.
What's truly groundbreaking is the way the group finds these students to begin with. When Posse recruiters go out to inner-city high schools, they're not just looking for good grades and SATs. What they're looking for are the leaders.
"We're seeing beyond what the transcript says, beyond what a test score says," Bial said. "We are finding young people that these universities can't find themselves."
The remarkable result, at 26 different colleges, is a graduation rate of 90 percent. Thats almost double the national average. The program has produced 500 graduates so far who, without Posse, might have been overlooked.
"Those are the young people who are motivated, ambitious, driven to succeed in a competitive college environment," Bial said.
"We're going to do big things," Terese said.
Now, after four years of supporting each other, graduation for the posse brings the pain of farewell and the joy of pure achievement.
"You guys have been there for me," Ellis said at his graduation ceremony.
"I love you with all my heart," Pablo Torres said.
This is what it feels like when you come to a place you never imagined and then succeed beyond imagination.
|06-06-2007, 01:17 PM||#2|
Ring of Famer
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: The Boredom Capital of the Universe (Everett, WA)
The Lone Ranger and Tonto are captured by hostile Indians. As they are tied at the stake awaiting execution the next morning, Tonto turns to the Lone Ranger and asks "what are we going to do, Kimosabe?"
"Don't worry my friend, I have this all under control!"
With that the Lone Ranger whistles and his horse Silver trots up to him, The Lone Ranger then whispers something into Silver's ear and the horse takes off like a shot, disappearing over the horizon.
Night comes and goes and the next morning the Indians are preparing to execute their two prisoners. Just as they are about to be put to death however out of nowhere Silver rides up and on his back is a stunningly beautiful woman, completely naked!
"Dammit Silver," the Lone Ranger exclaims, "I said POSSE! POSSE!!"
But seriously, this program sounds like a great idea!