Philadelphia BAEO (Black Alliance for Educational Options) celebrated this year’s scholarship recipients, 2010-2011 straight “A” students, and PECO as the “Corporation of the Year” at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Over 30 parents and children attended this event, held October 1.
“Parents need to step up their game to save our children” was the sentiment from the keynote speaker, David Miller, chief visionary officer and co-founder, Urban Leadership Institute, and author of Raising Him Alone. Darlene Callands, president and CEO, Philadelphia BAEO reiterated that, “we need to be firm, but flexible and remember how we were raised.”
Mellanie Lassiter, community relations manager, PECO received special recognition for her and PECO’s support of Philadelphia BAEO. PECO has awarded Philadelphia BAEO $30,000 over the past three years to fund Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) scholarships.
At the ceremony, parents and children were treated to a fabulous breakfast, accompanied by applause and recognition, for receiving the 2011-2012 Philadelphia BAEO scholarship. Parents were encouraged to continue to be active participants in their child’s life and will be given a donated copy of Raising Him Alone.
The children received gift backpacks with a book from Scholastic, pencils, and a card designed and donated by Sojourner Ahebee, a 10th grade Deirdre L. Bailey scholarship recipient, a young poet and an entrepreneur. Attendees were invited to end the morning with a self-guided tour of the museum.
A program partner of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Philadelphia BAEO’s (Black Alliance for Educational Options’) mission is increase access to high-quality educational options for Black children by actively supporting parental choice policies and programs that empower low-income and working class Black families. Visit the website philadelphia.baeo.org.