|Established to identify and motivate
historically disadvantaged minority elementary and secondary
students and ultimately increase the pool of these students
motivated and qualified to enter college. Ten Centers
throughout Florida have provided the impetus for the
induction of more than 19,000 high achieving students into
the National Achievers Society. More than 16,000 students
have participated in the Annual Brain Bowl Competitions.
|Established in 1985, the
Centers of Excellence (COE's or Centers) are community-based
initiatives whose mission is to identify and motivate
disadvantaged minority elementary and secondary students.
The Centers' mission includes: a) assuming a more proactive
stance in the education of youth; b) employing the
development of a group achievement model for disadvantaged
elementary and secondary students; and, c) increasing the
pool of students who are prepared, motivated and qualified
to enter higher education.
||Ten Centers operate throughout the State of Florida,
in Dade City,
Tampa (<< click on a location for Center contact information).
Each subscribes to individual and group motivation, academic
skill development, cultural enrichment, career awareness and
increased exposure to higher education.
|The FEF has established the following four COE program requirements:
ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CENTERS
- developed in communities to supplement student
learning experiences through tutoring and standardized
NATIONAL ACHIEVERS SOCIETY
for more information) (NAS) - designed to identify and
acknowledge high achieving disadvantaged students.
THE BRAIN BOWL
for more information) designed to improve academic
skills outside traditional classrooms through local and
statewide competitions in mathematics, history and
culture, word definition, speech, and writing.
AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCHES
- intended to encourage and promote the church as an
integral and primary resource in a significant portion
of Center activities.
In addition, the FEF has
developed the following
two initiatives to expand the positive
programmatic impact of the COE's:
BELIEVERS SOCIETY - developed to recognize
"academic determination" among students who may
not meet the requirements of NAS. By recognizing
this "academic determination," we believe
Believers will become National Achievers.
ASSOCIATION OF ACHIEVERS
PARENTS - developed to formally engage
parents in support of COE activities.
COE Program Highlights:
- Approximately 3,500 students participate annually in the ten
- More than 19,000 students have been inducted into the National
Achievers Society since 1986.
- More than 16,000 students have participated as team members
in the Annual Brain Bowl Competition.
- More than 700 students have won Brain Bowl college
scholarships since 1985.