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Seven Students Who Launched a Program to Help Black Youths Will Graduate in May: Vision to Continue

May 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.

At U.Va. the friends who were motivated by personal experiences and committed to volunteerism organized Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success (BUCKS) in 1998.

The 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.

Leslie 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."

Ryan 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.

The 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, Coleman-Ferebee said.

The founding members of BUCKS are:

Marc 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

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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