Students Who Launched a Program to Help Black Youths Will Graduate
in May: Vision to Continue
9, 2000 -- African-American young people in Charlottesville
will continue to benefit from programs instituted by seven University
of Virginia students who will graduate in May.
U.Va. the friends who were motivated by personal experiences and
committed to volunteerism organized Brothers United Celebrating
Knowledge and Success (BUCKS) in 1998.
honor students' vision for Charlottesville won't die when they graduate.
The organization's members, now about 100 men and women, will keep
on mentoring and working with young people throughout the community.
BUCKS projects have included tutoring, leading racial discussions
and helping high school students prepare for college.
H. Williams Jr. of Alexandria, said he is pleased that so many others
have embraced volunteerism as a learning opportunity. Educating
oneself also involves helping to educate those less fortunate, he
said. "It's important to give back."
Coleman-Ferebee of Philadelphia believes it is important to participate
in solving social issues. "By participating you find out what you
want to do in life," he said.
group's legacy could continue to grow in significant ways. With
support from the Alumni Association, BUCKS is establishing an endowment
fund to help local African-American males attend the University,
founding members of BUCKS are:
K. Carroll, Hempstead, NY
Ryan F. Coleman-Ferebee, Philadelphia, PA
John T. Green III, Virginia Beach
Aaron A. Lockhart, Verona, PA
Cameron D. Wadley, Virginia Beach
Ryan J. Wallace, Newport News
Leslie H. Williams Jr., Alexandria
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629