College Information Forum set for Friday

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The forum aims to promote local awareness about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

LANCASTER – Calling all local high school and community college students!  You are invited to learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at a College Information Forum tomorrow.

The forum takes place from 2 to 5 p.m., Friday, August 2, at the House of Music and Entertainment (H.O.M.E.), located at 45009 Yucca Avenue in Lancaster.

The event is the brainchild of Kai Scates, a 2012 graduate of Eastside High School. Scates, who is going into her sophomore year at Wiley College in Texas, said she was surprised to come back to the Antelope Valley this summer and discover that most youths don’t know about HBCUs.

The forum is Scates’ way of informing local youths, particular minorities, about the benefits of going to college and the benefits of an HBCU experience.

Stephen Carter from the Black College Expo will serve as the event’s guest speaker; current HBCU students will give testimonials on their experiences; and local representatives from historically Black Greek fraternities and sororities will provide advice and motivation to attendees, Scates said.

“I want them to know that you, too, can go to college; so it’s never too early or too late to start thinking about college,” Scates said. “People should come out and get inspired, get motivated.”

The College Information Forum will also feature informational packets from several HBCUs nationwide, as well as information about how to apply for scholarships and financial aid, Scates said.

“I don’t want to just throw a whole bunch of college information at the youth,” Scates said. “We’ll have poets and entertainers like DJ Krazy K from 100.9 The Heat playing music during the intermissions.”

Scates is hosting the event in conjunction with the Antelope Valley Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

For more information about the College Information Forum, contact Kai Scates at 661-221-0884. View the flyer for this event here.