February Madison matters

Making College a Priority!

College access and success is always a priority here at Madison, so no better time to explore the endless possibilities than during Black History Month! Members at our Columbus Clubhouse took part in a Historically Black College and University virtual tour and learned about the rich history behind these barrier-breaking institutions. Colleges the members e-toured included Spelman College, Morehouse College, South Carolina State University, Texas Southern University, and Alabama State University.

At Madison, we know that navigating the college application process is a daunting task that can deter many of our often times first-generation college students from applying. Through our Project Graduate program, members receive individual guidance and support as they explore the post high school decision making process.

We are so proud to say that 96% of our Project Graduate seniors graduated from high school and 100% applied to attend college!

A special thanks to Yahoo! for supporting our program and empowering our members to know if they can dream it, they can achieve it!

Madison Celebrates Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, our four Clubhouses celebrated Black History Month. Members listened to famous speeches, debated laws, studied the civil war and civil rights movements. Our members also learned about and discussed the impact of leaders in the black community including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., Toni Morrison, Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, and President Obama.

At Madison, we believe that understanding our history is essential to developing a strong moral compass and practicing Good Character & Citizenship at home, in the Clubhouses, and in their communities. Our members are encouraged to explore their ancestry and discuss how it is applicable in today’s society. We are proud to be empowering the next generation of leaders.

Says 9-year-old Zxionn E. “I’m celebrating Black History Month because we have civil rights and our ancestors worked hard to be the greatest they could be.