Talk on “Preparing Youth for Success in the Midst of Chaos”

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s faculty and staff of the Act 101 program present “Out of the Classroom: Into the Community” on Monday, March 25, at 6 p.m. in the McCormick Center, room 1303. The second event of three events in the series is a talk from Tica Harris titled “Preparing Youth for Success in the Midst of Chaos.” Her lecture will focus on supporting students through issues of trauma, hunger, violence, and hopelessness.

Harris is a counselor in the Pittsburgh Public School District. She has a bachelor’s degree from IUP in human resources management and services and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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

The fourth and final event is an on-campus book drive, clothing drive, toy drive and visit to the Homewood Neighborhood of Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20. Students enrolled in Bloomsburg University’s Act 101 program will conduct a campus-wide book drive, clothing drive 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 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.