Group of 35 Colonel Richardson students visit the UMES campus
FEDERALSBURG — A group of 35 Colonel Richardson middle and high school students visited the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus in Princess Anne in May to explore the possibilities and attractions offered by the historically black college. Men For Change outreach volunteers accompanied the students.
Men For Change is a local organization working toward social change and stronger, sustainable communities through community service, youth/mentoring programs and community partnerships.
The University of Mar yland Eastern Shore was founded in 1886 as a land grant institution. It has evolved into a 1,100-acre campus. The university welcomes a diverse student population from nearly 30 countries.
Corey Newborns, admissions counselor/recruiter, welcomed the students to the college. He shared information about the college’s entrance requirements, academic curriculum, financial aid assistance programs and scholarship resources.
Currently, there are 3,300 students enrolled at the college. Newborns encouraged the students to maintain good grades in order to qualify for scholarships and grant money upon graduation.
The students also enjoyed a tour of the campus and its academic buildings.
Men For Change Inc. also partnered with the Caroline County Health Department in its efforts to promote awareness and a healthy lifestyle.
Leigh Marquess, director of CCHD wellness programs, awarded the nonprofit organization a $1,000 mini grant funded through the Maryland Cigarette Fund Program. She said the grant helps by reaching out to people within the community to prevent youth from starting to smoke and to help others quit.
At a youth meeting focused on the dangers of smoking, Wanda Molock, a community outreach worker, cautioned the young participants against smoking. She said vape pens, e-cigarettes and hookah pens make it tempting and seem cool for young people to want to try smoking. However, these devices are just as harmful and habit-forming as cigarettes. Molock encouraged the group to make good choices by not smoking.
The Colonel Richardson students wore red T-shirts, which warned against the dangers of smoking, and Men for Change encouraged the group to make positive choices that will result in a healthy lifestyle.
“We alert our youth about the health risks that smoking causes,” said David Ricks Sr., Men For Change president.
Men for Change is seeking volunteers and sponsors to help support youth programs. For more information, contact Ricks at 443786-5182.
A group of 35 Colonel Richardson middle and high school students visited the University of Maryland Eastern Shore campus in Princess Anne in May to explore the possibilities and attractions offered by the historically black college. Men For Change outreach volunteers accompanied the students.