Last year, Rosemary Anderson received a generous $100,000 grant from Intel as part of the She Will Connect initiative, solidifying efforts to get more girls interested in STEM fields. The year-long project culminated in a hugely successful Tech/STEM Fair in January. Students and staff hosted 250 guests, including Intel representatives and POIC Board members, and three hard-working scholars received laptops for having the most impressive exhibits. Way to go, RAMS!
All, some exciting news! In case you didn’t receive or may have missed this important Executive Leadership Announcement, Judge Reneé Caldwell Hughes, who served on the Philadelphia bench for 15 years before moving on to serve in the role as President and CEO of the Regional Red Cross, has joined the Philadelphia OIC organization as it’s new President and CEO. Please join me in welcoming Reneé to the OIC family. The press release announcement is below.
Also of note, I think it is important that we also give praise and our appreciation to Charles Crumbley, Philadelphia OIC’s former Interim President and CEO, for a job well done. Charles faithfully served in this capacity for 19 months as they conducted their executive search. We wish Charles and his family all the best and thank him for his service to OIC.
Elton Jolly was one of the original members of the OIC movement with Dr. Leon H. Sullivan. Elton’s impact helped shaped OIC into the powerhouse of an organization that it would become and is still impacting lives in a positive way some 55 years later in 2019. Given Elton’s impact on OIC in the formative years, I thought it important to share with you an excerpt from his testimony before the House of Representatives in 1978 to give you some insights into his thinking regarding poor people in this country and what was needed to improve their situation and the role OIC would play.
On Friday, August 30th, President and Board Chair, James Haynes, and OICA Celebrity Ambassador, Gerald Alston, had the pleasure of interviewing with Patty Jackson of WDAS to discuss the program and much more.
Dr. Mitchell is a board-certified Forensic Pathologist and serves as the Chief Medical Examiner of Washington DC. He is a world leader in forensic medicine. He has lectured in places like Bangladesh, Mumbai, Belize City, and Cairo. He is a leader in the fight against gun violence and recently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe discussing gun violence as a public health issue. Dr. Mitchell is a licensed minister at New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington DC where he has the great privilege of serving Returning Citizens and their families as the Phoenix Minister.
Gerald Alston, the revered lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning R&B group the Manhattans, is the first entertainer to become a part of the new OICA Celebrity Ambassador Program(CAP). OICA Celebrity Ambassadors are leaders in the entertainment industry, representing the fields of film, television, music, sports and beyond.
The program is designed to help raise awareness about OICA/OIC and the work being done to support and enable the economically disadvantaged, unemployed and under-employed people of all races and backgrounds to become productive, more fulfilled members of society. This work is being done through a Network of 35 Affiliates located in 22 states around the US. The organization’s motto is “Helping People Help Themselves“and Gerald Alston is a huge advocate of helping others to reach their full potential.
SOAR program expands from eleven to twelve affiliates and program partners in seven states
Philadelphia, PA – OIC of
America (OICA) was awarded a new three-year U.S. DOL
Reentry Grant totaling $4,500.000 which will expand its SOAR
program. Starting July 1, 2019, this
grant will serve adults 25 years of age and older. This
represents a total of 5 grants awarded to OICA as an intermediary in
the past three years, bringing their U.S. DOL Reentry total
awards to $22.2 million dollars and more importantly serving approximately
3000 returning citizens. This award allowed OICA to expand their
current program from eleven Affiliates and program
partners to twelve, covering six states, which is 32%
of their affiliate network, and 27% of their current U.S. state
The Opportunities Industrialization Center will honor
students who have successfully met the guidelines and goals of its high school
equivalency and trades certifications courses and celebrate its 50th
anniversary at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the former Booker T. Washington High
“This year’s celebration will be different from most of our
graduation ceremonies,” said Charles Washington, OIC’s director of education
services. “Because it is our 50th year of bringing enlightenment to generations
of eager minds and willing hands, we are going all out to celebrate our
students’ success. Creative presentations from students, staff and community
are going to be uplifting and exciting. Our graduates are enthused and our
families are proud. This one is not to be missed.”
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