Building Blocks Mentoring Program opens doors for children

Posted by JD Graffam on July 07, 2010

Students participating in the new BBMP site at Highland Oaks Middle School. BBMP mentors 45 young men in a group format every Friday morning.

Students participating in the new BBMP site at Highland Oaks Middle School. BBMP mentors 45 young men in a group format every Friday morning.

Building confidence and preparing young people to plan for college are major goals of BBMP.

“Explore Higher Grounds” focuses on making college more familiar and accessible to our students, to think about education beyond high school, and make what happens in today’s classroom more relevant and meaningful to our youth. Although every student may not want to go to a university, each child should have the chance to consider it.
BBMP took boys and girls in the 4th and 5th grade to Nashville, TN, on April 23 on college tours at Tennessee State University, Fisk University, and Vanderbilt University. The young people took part in a rousing assembly with guest speakers and met students who share their dreams of higher learning.

“Getting these kids out of their everyday surroundings will build confidence which will ultimately show them that this world can be a place full of dreams and capabilities,” says Stephon Smallwood, BBMP Chairman.

Early Minds Prepare for College: In a related activity on April 30, UT Medical and BBMP co-sponsored a college day for 5th graders at Sheffield Elementary School. The event aimed to show our youth that getting an education is vital to their well being. Medical students from UT spoke on the importance of making good grades, having excellent conduct, and becoming leaders in their communities. “This pep session inspired our youth to be college ready and focus more on the dreams which can be reached with proper guidance and education,” said Mr. Smallwood.

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