High school students to graduate from community program at UAPB

A group of young men from Pine Bluff area high schools will celebrate completion of a Beyond the Bricks Program with a graduation ceremony Friday at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Hall auditorium at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The event is free and open to the public.

The students have been at UAPB for four months as part of the Produce! Create! Innovate! Community Producer program sponsored by a grant from the Beyond the Bricks Program.

The guest speaker will be Superintendent David Rainey of Dumas School District. Formerly a state representative, Rainey also served as visiting professor at UAPB and managed a partnership between the university and five school districts to improve reading, math and English K-12. Previously, he was a program manager with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory where he managed the intensive site work in the states served by SEDL – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Beyond the Bricks Project is an initiative to encourage and promote community-based solutions to increase educational and social outcomes for school age black males. The program engages residents — including the young men themselves — educators, civic leaders, and others to craft solutions to the challenges the young men face.

Details: Call 575-7063.