Verizon Provides Students with Scholarships at 38th Annual African-American Youth Recognition Awards
Recently I attended Philadelphia’s 38th annual African-American Youth Recognition and Awards program hosted by the Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mentors, programs and positive black role models for youth in the Philadelphia area at the Flourtown Country Club.
A the event which was held at the Flourtown Country Club, Tim Smith, Verizon region president of consumer and mass business markets for Pennsylvania/Delaware, presented 15 students with college scholarships, made possible in part by a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.
“Growing up, I was taught the importance of hard work and education,” said Smith. “I am proud to recognize Concerned Black Men for its more than 30 years of leadership and dedication to improve the quality of life for youth in Philadelphia.”
Concerned Black Men was founded in 1975 when several Philadelphia police officers sponsored social events for kids at risk to gang violence. Today, the organization provides at-risk youth opportunities for academic and career enrichment, including oratory contests, mentoring programs, chess tournaments and tours of historical black colleges.