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B-CU Students Participate in the First Straight and Narrow Project Youth Development Summit


Most recently, several students and alumni participated in a one-day youth empowerment summit in Jacksonville, Florida. The one-day event consisted of seminars that included discussions related to self-esteem, parent involvement, bullying and more. A spring 2015 graduate and organization founder, Leofric Thomas, Jr. organized the event for over 150 middle and high school students. Several Florida colleges and universities were invited to provide college information and speak during the breakout sessions.

The Straight and Narrow Project was established in 2017 to educate youth on knowing their purpose in a positive way and learning to believe in their dreams. Mr. Thomas has created a curriculum, E.N.A.B.L.E. that assists youth in changing their environmental and statistical strongholds and equips them with the necessary tools to be successful. Pre-Alumni Council President, Jacari Williams-Harris and peers attended the event and shared with the students during breakout sessions. “It was an honor to attend the first of many events like this,” Jacari said. “Everyone should know what they are worth and how we can help each other to be better,” he added.

Bethune-Cookman University, Florida A&M University, Edward Waters College and University of North Florida joined in partnership for the event. Mr. Thomas coordinated schedules with University admissions teams to bring out the Florida HBCU’s. “To have the prominent HBCU’s here in Florida to be a part of the event was definitely an accomplishment. The students were amazed at how much information they received,” he stated. Mr. Thomas plans to continue growing the organization to reach students and instill key principles that will develop the youth into future leaders. To learn more about the Straight and Narrow Project, follow The Straight and Narrow Project on Facebook.

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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