The 100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc. (100BMSF) would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors, partners, members, volunteers, our National Chairman Curley Dossman, Jr. and our Chairman Emeritus Albert E. Dotson, Jr. and friends for providing their support of the 4th Annual College and Career Expo hosted by the 100BMSF and presented by Miami Dade Public Schools.
Approximately 6,000 students registered for this event and approximately 100 colleges and universities along with 100 industries recruiters represent their institutions/firms providing our students throughout South Florida the opportunity and exposure to choices – higher education and potential career opportunities.
The Expo took place at the Miami Dade County Fair & Exposition Center on Thursday, October 30, from 9 am to 3 pm. There were opportunities for some students to get accepted, receive application fee waivers and scholarships on the spot. Students will have an opportunity to attend workshops, discuss admissions requirements, and apply for scholarships. Senior students attending the Expo will need copies of the following: (A) High School Transcripts; (B) ACT/SAT Scores; and (C) two letters of recommendations.
“We are excited by the outpour of support from our college and vocational partners that have signed on to help students navigate a plan for their future,” states Ellis A. Adger, the organization’s president.
“Many times our children are not given the exposure that other communities give their children. The 100 Black Men of South Florida are committed to giving our kids the exposure they need to succeed in college and in life.”
Getting a child prepared for college applications, financial aid, and other associated processes can seem intimidating. Jonathan L. Dotson, VP-Operations of the 100BMSF offers these tips to ensure your child thrives and remains competitive on their way to college and life success.
Examine Yourself: “Understand what your strengths and weaknesses are. It is important that you know your weaknesses because then you can enlist the support of someone or an organization that can help you in that area. Don’t be intimidated because you need help. Focus on the results for your child and your child’s future.”
Become Informed: “Our programmatic thrusts include: Mentoring, Education, Economic Empowerment, and Health & Wellness. There are so many people that care about our children. It is up to parents to find these resources and utilize them.”
Stay Active: “Parents must be active and present in the lives of their children. It is up to parents to engage the community, church, Parent Teacher Associations, etc. We must take back our families and our communities. We have to get back to eating together at the table and talking about our daily lives.”
Hold Your Kids Accountable: “As a parent, you must become familiar with the process and find out everything it takes to become successful. Google the information, become familiar with the requirements and make sure your child delivers on their part. Come prepared with the proper documentation, fill out the forms correctly, and meet your deadlines. Get help if you need it. But, most of all, hold your kids accountable throughout the process. They must have an active part in this process.
Please be sure to Save the Date and mark your calendar for Thursday, October 29, 2015 from 9am – 2pm.
We look forward to seeing on the 29th of October 2015.