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Lion’s Pre-College Experience Institute: “Enhancing Academic Excellence With A Vision For The Twenty First Century”

Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only historically black institution of higher learning, continues to reach out to its surrounding communities to address critical urban needs.  FMU has joined the battle to help develop and prepare youth for the Twenty First Century.  With several Pre-College academic enhancement, intervention and prevention programs, the Lion’s Pre-College Experience Institute is helping over seven hundred (700) youth throughout South Florida believe their dreams can become a reality.

During the 2013-2014 year, the Lion’s Pre-College Experience Institute will host six (6) programs, which will enable and provide over 400 youth the opportunity to experience a university environment, while participating in various developmental programs.  The programs focus on academic achievement and higher learning, with an emphasis on physical fitness, dropout prevention, religion, financial management, entrepreneurship, and personal development.  These programs are making a huge impact on participating youth.

A brief synopsis of each program and contact information follows.


Atlantic Coast Congress – will hold its’ 83rd Congress of Christian Education program at Florida Memorial University.  This congress is a one week non-residential program which focuses on personal development in the area of spiritual growth and service.  Program dates are July 21-25, 2014. Enrollment is restricted.  During the 83rd Congress of Christian Education, certified COPP courses approved by the National Baptist Convention, Inc. Sunday School Publishing Board, (SSPB) will be conducted. The week will include nightly worship services and a Bible Bowl competition. The Conference culminates on Friday evening with an inspiring night of pageantry as congress’ youth perform drama, dance, and song.

Contacts: Dr. Larry Walthour, E-mail: drltw2@gmail.com, Dean Julit Miller, 305-562-6583, E-mail: grm490@aol.com


Aviation Career Education Week -This one (1) week non-residential program focuses on 20 middle and high school students from surrounding communities. Program dates are June 9-13, 2014. Two organizations are partnering with Florida Memorial University to facilitate this program…South Florida Aviation and Educational Expo (SAFEE) and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). Program hours Monday-Friday are scheduled between the hours of 9:00am-3:00pm.

Contact: Captain A. J. Tolbert, 305-623-4277, E-mail: Arnold.tolbert@fmuniv.edu


Baptist Youth Camps: This two(2) week residential program focuses on personal development in the area of self-esteem, personal hygiene, and religion for male and females ages 6-17. Program dates are June 29–July 5 (Progressive Baptist M & E Convention) and July 6-12, 2014 (Florida General Baptist Convention).Enrollment is restricted.Themain goal of the program is to provide youth with a wholesome Christian environment and experience.  Baptist Camp enrolls over two-hundred (200) participants from Florida. Registrants participate in rap sessions, Christian education, Bible classes, talent shows, arts and crafts, and worship services.

Contacts: Mrs. Barbara Wright (Progressive M.& E.) 813-242-8069; Ms. Annette Dozier (Progressive M.& E) E-mail: doziera1@yahoo.com, Mrs. Zelda Cook Dolphin, Directress, Baptist Youth Camp, Florida General Baptist, (754) 273-2665.


Black Male College Explorers Program (BMCEP) – BMCEP is a five(5) week residential program designed for black males in grades 7 – 12 in the Public School System.  Program dates are June 8-July 11, 2014.The objective of the program is to increase the number of black males graduating from high school; facilitate their ability to make appropriate career decisions; and increase the number of college bound black males and their chances of earning a degree.  BMCEP enrolls 50-60 youth from over 25 schools throughout South Florida.  Participants enroll in courses such as Reading/English, African History, Computers, Mathematics, Personal Development/Life Skills, Communication Skills, Financial Management & Entrepreneurship.  Participants attend and participate in a Rites of Passage Program, teen summits (group discussions), community service projects, workshops, sports competitions, weekly chapel visits as well as other educational and extra-curricular activities.

Contact: Mr.Shawn Davis, (305)-626-3163, E-mail: shawn.davis@fmuniv.edu


Jazz Camp- FMU Jazz Camp is a one (1) week non-residential program open to high school, college and transfer students, and prospective students interested in attending Florida Memorial University. Program dates are June 23-28, 2014. Participants will learn musical terms related to the genre of jazz music, jazz techniques and clichés for improvisation, introduction to jazz theory, and the development of a repertoire of popular jazz tunes. The repertoire for the program will consist of music of Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Art Blakey, Clifford Brown, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Golson, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Wendy Shaw, Wayne Shorter and other great jazz artists. The week culminates with a showcase performance by camp attendees on Saturday afternoon.

Contacts: Mr. Milton Mustafa, Sr., E-mail: mmustafa@fmuniv.edu, Mr. Melvin White, E-mail: Melvin.white@fmuniv.edu, (305) 626-0092


Joffrey Ballet School-   The Joffrey Ballet School Miami Jazz andContemporarySummer Intensive, is a six (6) week residential program. Program dates are June 29 –August 8, 2014. The program is designed to enrich, empower and build character, self-esteem and discipline through the art of dance. The program will serve one-hundred twenty five (125) participants, who will have the opportunity to be tutored by one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the country. Daily dance classes will take place at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Florida Memorial University. Tap and Jazz will be taught Monday–Friday between the hours of 10:15am-5:00pm in the J.C. Sams Multipurpose Room and Commuter Lounge.

Contact: Ms. Jo Matsos, Artistic Director, (1 (954) 801-6209, E-mail: jomatsos@joffreyballetschool.com