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AACPS Mentors: Celebrating the Champions of Change

AACPS Mentors: Celebrating the Champions of Change
On Thursday, June 20, 2024, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) held a celebration that highlighted the positive impact of the one- on-one mentors and various mentoring programs that were facilitated by numerous community partners. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Eta Eta Lambda Chapter was one of those community partners. The celebration took place at The Board of Education, Board Room and was coordinated by Bro. Andre Dillard, who is the Senior Manager of Mentorship Programs, for AACPS.

Bro. Dillard oversees all things mentoring for the school system. Bro. Dr. Mark Bedell, who is the Superintendent for the school system also brought greetings and discussed the importance of mentorship in AACPS.

During the celebrations all the one-on -one mentors, and community partners were acknowledged and presented with a thank you gift bag. The highlight of the event was a video presentation of the mentees talking about the positive impact that their mentors and the various mentoring programs have had on them. There was also a parent who discussed how her son has taken a 180 degree turn for the better because of the mentoring program that he attended every Wednesday during the school year.

Eta Eta Lambda’s Alpha Academy Mentoring Program (AAMP) has been working with young men from AACPS for close to 20 years. AAMP services students from all of Anne Arundel County who are in grades 3-12. Bro. Stephen Williams is the current chairmen for AAMP. In addition to coordinating for the monthly, Saturday sessions, that take place at Annapolis Middle School, Bro. Williams has established a very successful mentoring program at Arundel High School and for the 2024-2025 school year will be leading the charge for a mentoring program at Annapolis High School. The Arundel and Annapolis High school’s programs will be supported by the chapter brothers and coordination with Bro. Dillard and the AACPS Office of Equity.
Several brothers were able to attend the event and spent some time talking with other organizations and mentors. It was a well-attended event that served as the segway into the 2024-2025 school year and Bro. Dillard’s goals for AACPS mentorship initiative for the upcoming school year.
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