For the past decade, The Center That C.A.R.E.S., (Children/Adult Recreational and Educational Services) a non-profit organization in the heart of the Hill District has assisted more than 1,200 Pittsburgh children and their families ages 5-24. Their focus is academic, social, emotional and professional growth from childhood through adulthood. Their motto is “K to Kollege.”
On March 28, at Wesley AMEZ Church, 35 students ages12-18 left for a four-day cultural and academic enrichment trip. The students visited universities from Ohio to Tennessee including Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Central State University, Fisk University and Tennessee State University. The students of the C.A.R.E.S. program experienced much needed exposure to interactive cultural activities such the Underground Railroad Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center. It was the first time many of them had left Pittsburgh.
The students were required to write and photograph their experiences on a daily basis. Over the past few years, C.A.R.E.S. has had a graduation rate of more than 90 percent of high school seniors in the program. And 80 percent of the students in the past few years have gone on to pursue post-secondary education opportunities. A spokesperson said, “We want them to know the sky is the limit and the opportunities for greatness they have are in reach.” The trip was funded by McAuley Ministries.