Local nonprofit prepares students for success

Mar. 25, 2013 @ 05:01 PM

Keith G. Pemberton has made it his mission to ensure the youth of High Point are prepared for whatever course they take in life.
That is one of the reasons he began the Preparing Our Youth for Success Foundation. The non-profit is designed to empower young people to look beyond their community and gain perspective through character building, training and experiences. There is also a focus on exposure, etiquette, service learning and community service.
“I came up with the idea by just doing college tours in North Carolina and Virginia. It was then that I noticed that when you take the students out of the community their behavior was different,” Pemberton said. “We are thinking about what it takes for these students to be successful citizens.”
The foundation is targeted at middle and high schoolers and getting them to look into secondary education.
The foundation has taken children to colleges in Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. They have also been to the New York to visit the Schomburg museum in Harlem, lunched at the Urban League on Wall Street and visited BET’s 106 & Park. The foundation also provides an oratorical contest for students to share their thoughts, which gives them a chance to work on their writing and public speaking skills.
“It was something for them to look at and say “This is interesting,” Pemberton said. “This empowers them and I think that once a student sees their worth they are willing to be positive contributors to society. It gives them self-confidence, while working on their life skills. I think the exposure is the most important part. It allows them to look outside of their community, city and state, while giving them the opportunity to think of different ways to uplift their community.”
Pemberton said that he has received great feedback from students about the program.
“Students appreciate the opportunity to travel outside of High Point while some students have never thought about going to college until now,” Pemberton said.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.poyfs.org.
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