2023 Artis Yancey HBCU Experience Event and Tour

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2023 The HBCU College Experience
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THE HBCU EXPERIENCE AND COLLEGE TOUR
 

On February 20, 2023, we are presenting a FREE, in-person, one-day HBCU Experience at the Waukegan High School Gymnasium. This special event will include; 


  • college fair/pep rally
  • exciting speakers
  • amazing entertainment
  • college representatives - HBCU and non HBCUs, i.e., College of Lake County
  • US Military
  • Lake County Workforce Dev. 
  • and so much more!

The HBCU Tour will take place March 26, 2023 through April 1, 2023! We will visit a dynamic list of colleges, universities, special attractions and other events.


Register for the HBCU Experience here!

THE HBCU EXPERIENCE GUEST SPEAKERS:

Trey White

  • HBCU Alumni, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • WGCI Radio personality
  • Member of Kappa Alpha Psi  Fraternity

Robert Marshall

  • Empowerment speaker, author and educational trainer: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
  • Expert on recruiting and retaining male students of color

Pastor Stephen Thurston II: 

  • Motivational speaker
  • Graduate of Morehouse College
  • Entrepreneur & social justice champion
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Check out this video recap of the Artis Yancey HBCU experience which was held on Friday, March 25, 2022 at the Waukegan High School, Washington Campus gymnasium, a.k.a. the Dawg Pound.
Thank you to the planning committee,  all of our volunteers, University representatives, fraternity and sorority representatives, and all of the speakers, and presenters. 
Thank You to our sponsors: Medline Industries, WPS 60,Boys and Girls Club of Lake County, College of Lake County, Honey B Wellz, and TRIO. Thank You to Ms. Sameia Charity, The Elite Striders, and Carlos Smith (DJ BoyLosCrazy) for bringing the energy and enthusiasm to set the tone for the entire event. 
Most importantly, THANK YOU to our 200 student participants for joining us for this event, we hope you were encouraged, and inspired to #FindYourPlace! See you next year!
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Each year the Artis Yancey Historically Black College and University tour takes approx. 25 - 40 students on a 7-10 day trip to visit Historical Black Colleges & Universities. This HBCU Tour Experience consists of a bus trip taken during spring break. Students range from the 9th through 12th grades.

Along with the college visits and tours, the students also visit local museums and historical sites to round out their experience.  Statistics show that the Northshore area only has a 75% graduation rate compared to 87% statewide.  According to counselors and teachers,  only 30% of those graduating in the district go on to a post-secondary educational institution.  Waukegan Township and its partners want to enhance the opportunities for those wishing to attend a college or university after high school. 

The Artis Yancey HBCU Tour benefits students from all races and financial backgrounds. Students visit schools that offer the same degrees they are looking for in smaller classrooms. HBCU's offer personalized training. Their tuition can be more cost-effective.

While on tour, students will be immersed in campus life, exposed to culture and history first hand. More importantly, students will have the educational advantage of moving forward from high school to institutions of higher learning.  An additional benefit is the monthly informational sessions which provide college-prep workshops for those students who decide to become participants in the tour.

In 2015 the tour was renamed to honor an outstanding humanitarian, Mr. Artis Yancey, who served the City of Waukegan as a highly respected Police Detective and Chief of Police as well as the first African American elected to the office of Waukegan City Clerk. Mr. Yancey was the first African American Coroner in Lake County.  The legacy of Artis Yancey represents a dedication to the City of Waukegan and Community; especially the youth. He passionately believed in the power of higher education and providing high school students with the opportunity of the onsite experience of touring Historically Black Colleges and Universities within the United States. For several years, Chief Yancey unselfishly volunteered his time as a chaperone, providing parents the comfort of knowing their children were in good hands and to the students, he offered insight to the options that were available to them.

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Through the generosity of our amazing donors and like minded individuals, we are proud to report that four (4) students, representing Lake County high schools, were awarded $1,000 scholarships, as they embark on their collegiate careers at various HBCUs.  Congratulations to: 

* De’Ashala Blanchard, North Chicago HS, Central State University

* Maya Dewey, Lakes Community HS, Spelman College    

* Chardea James, North Chicago HS, North Carolina A & T University

* Raven May, Waukegan HS, Spelman College

2023 HBCU Scholarship Application PDF

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The Artis Yancey HBCU tour started in 2013 with the passion and determination of Supervisor Patricia Jones with the full support of the Board of Trustees. Her purpose was to encourage students to pursue goals and not to settle for anything less than what they desire. Investing in our youth is an initiative that is crucial to the success of Waukegan Township’s future.

Waukegan Township has undertaken the community initiative “Investing in Our Future.”  Whether it's providing a boost to the booster club, providing funding for a local middle school trip to Springfield or just providing a day with a movie, mentors and positive activities, Waukegan Township has taken a stand that our children are the future of our country and we must start with them.

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