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Mid Cities Texas Chapter receives Distinguished Service Award for supporting and partnering with the University of Texas Upward Bound Program

"Coming of Age Ball"

On Saturday May 8, 2010, the Mid-Cities (TX) Chapter participated in the culminating event for the UTA Upward Bound program. The Coming of Age Ball – Rites of Passage was held had at the UTA Hereford University Center in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Eight graduating seniors were introduced as accomplished students with significant honors and recognition for their high school academics and extra-curricular opportunities. They each participated in the Upward Bound program throughout their high school careers.

The Mid-Cities (TX) Chapter contributed monetarily to the Upward Bound Program and to the occasion by serving as mentors, conducting valuable workshops, providing entre to local service luncheons, escorting the graduates during the ball as their mentors and providing the keynote address at the Coming of Age Ball.

The eight college bound participants benefitted from the chapter programs which were developed to enhance their capacity to be successful in their future endeavors. The chapter conducted several workshops including the importance of etiquette, manners and courtesies. The participants also benefitted from a workshop on self empowerment and overcoming obstacles as well as a workshop on making a first impression and being true to one's self. The students learned the significance and importance of an appropriate handshake, the example that they make and how others will mirror their positive reflections.

To celebrate the end of the mentoring program the participants attended two significant luncheons. The chapter sponsored and escorted the students to the Circle Ten Boy Scouts – Whitney Young Awards luncheon. The female participants were able to attend the Genesis shelter luncheon where Condoleeza Rice addressed the attendees and President George W. Bush attended and spoke as well.

The University of Texas at Arlington awarded the chapter a Distinguished Service Award for adding value to the program and for financially sponsoring the event.