Fisk’s Collegiate 100 and the Fisk Memorial Chapel Assistants have joined together in an after-school tutoring initiative at Ernest Newman United Methodist Church known as Project Bridges.
“We are excited to launch Project Bridges this year, and the joy that comes in knowing that you are in some way helping a student in their pursuit of excellence is priceless,” said Collegiate 100 President Winterborne Jones.
On Tuesday evenings throughout the academic year, Project Bridges tutors Nashville youth from grades one though twelve. Students receiving help in the inititive are enrolled in Metro Nashville schools such as East Literature Magnet Middle School, Ewing Park Middle School, I.T. Creswell Magnet Middle School, Pearl Cohn High School, Hillsboro Comprehensive High School and J.T. Moore Middle School. Students can receive help in subjects ranging from pre-calculus to social studies from Fisk student tutors on staff.
“My hope is for this program to additionally be held at Fisk so that the students can have access to the rich and abounding resources and experiences that our University has to offer, ” said Carolyn Jones, president of the Fisk University Chapel Assistants.
“Many of the youth have called us to express their excitement about being helped and the enlightenment that they have received in Math, English, Science and Social Studies,” said Fisk University Dean of Chapel Religious Life and Spiritual Programs Rev. Gwendolyn Brown-Felder. Brown-Felder also serves as pastor of the Ernest Newman United Methodist Church where Project Bridges is held.
Local university chapters of Collegiate 100 operate through 100 Black Men of Tennessee. To qualify for Collegiate 100 membership, students must commit to service in a tutoring initiative, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5, have strong examples of moral character and involvement in extra-curricular activities as well as a commitment to membership in 100 Black Men and continued service to Collegiate 100 after graduation.
To request more information on Project Bridges, call 615-329-8582 or 615-255-7453.