Pictured, left to right: Jamar Fleming, Kevin Strickland, Scott Eubanks, (minor), and Anthony Body'11.
The Malone University Department of Multicultural Services is launching the “STEP UP” math and science summer enrichment program this week. Hosted by:
D.A.D.D.Y., Inc., (Dedicated Adults Directing and Defending Youth), the program targets at risk young boys ages 8-14 and includes mentoring, community service, and collaborative support of the "Ohio Underground Railroad & Its Significance for All Ethnicities" project. In addition to Malone’s support of this worthwhile project; The Department of Multicultural Services provides in-kind donations in the form of classroom and computer lab space, as well as mentoring services by student members of the University’s "Black Men United" (BMU) organization. Their purpose will be to provide one-on one mentoring, college visitations, and other programming for the males who are participants in the D.A.D.D.Y. initiative.
Founded by Sandra and Greg Gillians, the program grew out of a recognized need to take preventive measures to ensure the success of boys who lived in impoverished cities.
During the 2010-2011 school year, Malone men of BMU provided tours, meals, basketball games, tutoring, and spiritual encouragement every Tuesday night from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This past February, they accompanied STEP UP participants to the Ohio Underground Railroad for an historical tour, providing information and clarity concerning Ohio’s role in this historical period.
This summer the students who have been with the program throughout the past school year will participate in a summer enrichment program to enhance their math and science skills. Math will be taught by various teachers from the area and Mad Science will conduct Workshops at Malone University Campus.
Mad Science will provide all of the required materials, equipment, and "Mad Scientists" necessary to successfully complete the sessions.
Math workshops will be conducted July 5, 12, 19, and 26 in RH 206.
Three Malone students from BMU will attend the sessions to lend support and encouragement.