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A Walk For Education - Philadelphia 2017
Sat, April 22, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT
Origin of “A Walk for Education”:
A Walk for Education is a NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) event that aims to increase awareness of educational opportunities. At NSBE’s 2001 Fall Regional Conference (FRC) in Dallas, TX, members discussed declining college enrollment among African Americans. In the weeks following FRC, the idea for A Walk for Education (AWFE) was presented to the Southeast Texas chapters (The SET) by Kay Babineux of the University of Houston – Central Campus. Chapter leaders from the University of Houston – Central, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston – Downtown, Rice University, and Lamar University responded positively to the idea. The SET hosted the first AWFE in 2002 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, serving Ward 4 of Houston, TX.
On 22 April, Volunteers will rally at The Neighborhood Church at 9:10 AM to begin the event. Groups of at least 4 volunteers will walk door-to-door in Ward 48 of Philadelphia distributing information about college admissions, vocational schools, GED, SAT/ACT, and financial aid. Each group will be assigned to distribute materials in a given Division of Ward 48. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Volunteers arrive at 9:10 AM
9:10 AM – 9:20 AM Introduction of event from community leader
9:20 AM – 9:25 AM Safety Instructions
9:25 AM – 10:00 AM Grouping Volunteers into Teams. Teams will receive a map of their assigned district and all materials for distribution.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Volunteers distribute materials in assigned district.
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Volunteers return to The Neighborhood Church for closing remarks
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch
Preparation Advice for Volunteers:
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Your assigned Division may be up to 1 mile away from the meeting location. You can expect to walk up to 3 miles during the distribution of materials.
- Bring a medium to large sized backpack or shoulder bag. This will be useful for carrying materials to your Division for distribution.
- Arrive via public transportation if possible. Parking will be limited.
The 2017 Philadelphia A Walk for Education is sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company.