National and local leaders host service project to boost interest in STEM
Cincinnati, OH – June 22, 2018 - The Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULGSO) and the Grand Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (a.k.a. The Boulé) teamed up to host STEM Day at Woodward Career Technical High School. The goal is to encourage more African-American high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The event was held at Woodward High School where the Urban League received a $20,000 donation from Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity in support of its education programs.
ULGSO Board Chair Alandes Powell and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Grand Sire Archon Wes Coleman appeared on Fox 19 News with Charisse Gibson to talk about the STEM Day activities. You can watch the full story HERE.
More than 1,700 fraternity brothers, spouses and family members were in Cincinnati to attend Sigma Pi Phi’s biennial business conference June 22–26. More than 350 members signed up to work hand in hand with the students to create a 3D model city. Young Black professionals will also be taking part in this event as part of the Fraternity’s Young Adult Career Symposium (Y.A.C.S.).
“I am 75 years old. Finally, I have discovered the true secret to a successful life on this planet earth. If you know how to think logically and creatively at the same time, you will very likely succeed. If you understand how innovation really works, you will be a winner! But more importantly, if you master all the creative and scientific-thinking, and you give of yourself to teach those same skills to others, you will become the happiest and most fulfilled person that you can ever be in your lifetime. This I promise you!,” said Ed Rigaud, Chairman & CEO, Legacy Acquisition Corp. and member of The Boulé.
One hundred fifty students, ages 14–18, from the Urban League’s Youth to Work (Y2WK) Summer Intern Program will have an opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM activities. There will be a panel discussion, and Woodward High School alum and former Hamilton County coroner and health advocate Dr. O’dell Owens served as keynote speaker.
Jerlando F. L. Jackson, Ph.D., Social Action Chair of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, also shared brief remarks about the Fraternity’s international commitment to social action. Woody Keown, who leads the Alpha Delta Boulé (the Fraternity’s Cincinnati affiliate), will present the Fraternity’s Legacy Gift Awards, totaling $60,000, to four Cincinnati area community service organizations in recognition of the work they’re doing to support causes in line with the Fraternity’s social action goals.
The Dayton Urban League - chartered in 1947 and the Urban League of Greater
Cincinnati – chartered in 1949 were formally combined into the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULGSO) in 2013. ULGSO serves people in the following areas: Cincinnati and Dayton, the northern most sections of Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties in Kentucky, and Ohio counties of Butler, Warren, Clermont, Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Miami, Hamilton and Darke.