Urban League of San Diego

The Urban League of San Diego County celebrated its 23rd Annual Golden Pyramid Scholars Program on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The event took place at San Diego Concourse, Golden Hall. The program was designed to identify, recruit, nurture and support students who are striving to achieve academic and economic excellence. The communities’ goal is to ensure that its future parents, politicians, scientists, carpenters, doctors, and professors are identified early and supported continuously in their quest to achieve excellence.

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Tayari Howard, President and CEO, Tayari Media Group, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Reginald White, Comerica, led the day with a universal invocation. Dr. Ebonee Williams, Executive Director, Gordon Engineering Leadership Center, University of California, San Diego, provided the keynote address while relating to all of the diverse age groups in the audience. Mae W. Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor, and Barney J. Wilson, EdD., Director of Strategic Initiatives from Admissions and Enrollment Services, University of California, San Diego, provided the information to students about UC System and UCSD.

A special thanks is needed for AT&T, Bank of America, Point Loma Nazarene University, SDG&E, San Ysidro Health Center, Union Bank, University of California, San Diego, U.S. Navy, Wal Mart, and several other companies who made contributions to the Urban League for the awards program.

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In partnership with several community based organizations, youth were presented who represent the African American and other underrepresented populations. The scholarship partners included Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, San Diego Alumnae Chapter, San Ysidro Health Center; and Rudolph Johnson Scholarship Fund, Neighborhood House Association & Urban League of San Diego County. Additional thanks goes to our military personnel who volunteered their time to help with logistics and crowd management. Special thanks is needed for Leonard Thompson and Mandate Records for coordinating the production of the program.

The Golden Pyramid Academic Scholars Awards program provided participating organizations and businesses an opportunity to connect with more than 1,778 high-achieving underrepresented youth and their families. This year’s program attracted more than 2,529 people. Participants were encouraged to enroll in one of our year-round youth programs such as Project Ready (College Readiness Programs for males and females 11-17). The Golden Pyramid Scholars Program features encouraging messages which promote academic achievement, civic responsibility and professional success. The programs place emphasis on academic achievement and career success attracting aspiring, influential teens and young adults, ages 8-18 along with loyal parents/grandparents/guardians of all ages. These consumers bring a mindset perfect for marketing certain consumer brands, career opportunities and social campaigns that appeal to this trend-setting demographic.

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Urban League of San Diego County (www.sdul.org) — Established in 1953, The Urban League of San Diego County is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, civil rights and community-based movement that serves over 5,000 people, each year, by providing direct services, research and policy advocacy to help individuals and communities reach their fullest potential. Primarily working with African-American and other emerging ethnic communities, its network of professional staff is working to close equality gaps for people at all economic levels and stages of life, and giving citizens a chance to give back as volunteers.

Photography Courtesy of the Urban League