Foundation Academies scholars are the first in Mercer County to gain entrepreneurship and career opportunities in the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey’s “I AM” Youth Leadership Program.
The program, launched October 27, is providing about 20 FA Collegiate 11th grade scholars with leadership and job-readiness training, life-skills development, and opportunities to interact directly with industry and government leaders. When the program concludes in June, each scholar will receive a certificate of achievement and individual letters of recommendation.
“Our scholars have big plans — as entrepreneurs, community and corporate leaders,” said FA Chief Executive Officer Sheria McRae. “The skills and experiences the African American Chamber of Commerce is sharing with our scholars will equip them to achieve their goals.”
“I AM” Trenton Youth Leadership Program is one of FA’s enrichment programs expanding learning beyond the classroom for scholars k-12. This year, FA has launched enrichment activities such as intramural sports and clubs including chess, Black Student Union, Poder, art, and culinary skills.
The monthly “I AM” Trenton Program features role-playing, case studies, interactive activities, and career development workshops to nurture leadership skills and build confidence. For example, a career day field trip to either a New Jersey corporation or the New Jersey State House will provide scholars with mentorship and career opportunities.
“We appreciate AACCNJ being a part of FA’s community in the pursuit of quality education for our scholars in Trenton ” Mrs. McRae added.
Founder, President, and CEO of the AACCNJ John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM, said he is proud to bring the program to FA in Trenton, where AACCNJ is headquartered. Other locations include high schools in Atlantic City and Paterson.
“We aim to make a lasting impact on the lives of young individuals across the entire state of New Jersey, ensuring they have the tools they need to thrive and lead,” he said. “This future pipeline of talented men and women is an essential component to improving the future competitiveness of our New Jersey.”