2007-04-06 / Community

RDRC Hosts First Of Two College Tours

The first of two Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation sponsored College Tours, also known as the RDRC Beacon Program Annual College Tour, departed from Goldie Maple Academy/PS 333 in Arverne on Monday, April 2.

More than forty high school students will participate in the eighth annual college tour event that will travel through Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

Students will be met by representatives from several colleges and universities, including Lincoln University, Delaware State University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T University, Johnson C. Smith University, Spelman College, Moorehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University and Hampton University. Students will return to the Rockaways on Saturday, April 7.

"Our 100% sponsored college tour event provides families who may not otherwise have the financial resources to travel or send their children to visit out-of-state colleges and universities," said Jill Moore, Director of RDRC's School Based Programs. "Secondly, for the majority of our participants, this is the first time that they have ever traveled outside of New York and this represents the type of educational, social and cultural exposure that RDRC considers invaluable in youth leadership development."

Asecond group of forty students will depart on Tuesday, April 3 from RDRC's administrative headquarters located at 1920 Mott Avenue in downtown Far Rockaway. This event is sponsored by the Department of Youth and Community Development and is for high school students who participate in RDRC's In- School Youth Program.

The three day college tour will travel to colleges and universities in the Delaware, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. Students will visit the campuses of Delaware State University, Southeastern University, Howard University and Morgan State University.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit the Thurgood Marshall Center and Lincoln Theatre, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, and the Vietnam Veterans and Korean War Memorial sites.

"If past experience is any indication to what will happen this year, we are hopeful that a number of our students will not only be interviewed, but enrolled with excellent financial and scholarship packages on-site," said Rachel Forde, RDRC Director of Operations. For more information about RDRC's college tour events and other youth development programs, contact Valerie West, Director of Community Relations and Government Affairs at 718- 327-5300

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