Out of the Classroom into the Community series

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Act 101 program presents “Out of the Classroom: Into the Community” which includes three campus-wide programs and a community service trip designed to engage the Bloomsburg University community in academic-based conversations and community engagement opportunities focused on low income, urban communities.

The first event is a lecture by Kedric Starkey titled “From the Inmate to Inspiration: Using Sports as a Means to Mentor and Support At-Risk Young Men” on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Kehr Union Building, Multicultural Center. Coach Starkey will discuss his life growing up on the streets of Larimer, Pittsburgh, and his transformation from being a “common criminal” to a dedicated community servant and advocate. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The second event is a lecture by Tica Harris titled “Preparing Youth for Success in the Midst of Chaos.” This event will be held on Monday, March 25 at 6:00 p.m. in McCormick 1303. Her lecture will focus on supporting students through issues of trauma, hunger, violence, and hopelessness. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The third event is a documentary titled “Waiting on the World to Change” to be shown in Centennial Hall, room 2018 on Tuesday, April 9, at 6:00 p.m. This documentary focuses on the first-hand stories of those struggling to overcome issues of food insecurity, addiction, violence and homelessness. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The fourth and final event is an on-campus book drive, clothing drive, toy drive and visit to the Homewood Neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20. Students enrolled in Bloomsburg University’s Act 101 program will conduct a campus-wide book, clothing and toy drive to benefit the youth and families of Homewood. While in Pittsburgh, they will tour the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, meet with the youth of Westinghouse High School and East End Community Sports and assist in a neighborhood even in which they will distribute Easter baskets to the youth of Homewood.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.