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POYSE: Peer Outreach for Youth Services & Education

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POYSE's mission is to promote youth interest in higher education in communities aiming to provide accessible resources to higher education. We utilize local college students who want to build their communities and connect them with younger students to serve as role models and mentors. This program aims to create and maintain strong bonds with local schools and to connect passionate college students with the community youth to provide early on the resources to obtain higher education and the paths taken to reach those goals.

In the past, POYSE has held higher education workshops at local high schools and middle schools, interactive health fairs with elementary schools, and a Mentorship Days filled with one on one mentoring and workshops on higher education and career pathways. Our high school students have even paid it forwarded and hosted their own workshops to middle school students, and this is the culture we tend to continue-- each one teach and motivate one, and from this we can inspire and build communities. Each member has the opportunity to, at any time, make an impact. Leaders on all levels are meant to facilitate and create an environment for students to serve. No bureaucracy, no hurdles, just results. Former United States President John F. Kennedy said it best when he declared, “Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” We are blessed to be in the position we are in, and it is our responsibility to give back and help those kids that may not have been afforded the same opportunities. Our mission is simple: If we can just divert one path from negative to positive, if we can positively affect one child, we have collectively achieved our purpose as a human being.

POYSE was found at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Stockton, CA as POYSE: Pacific Outreach for Youth Services and Education. Our chapters have expanded to Bear Creek High School, McNair High School, and our services have touched Bakersfield, CA all the way to Hawaii. The concept of peers teaching peers in the community is simple yet strong, and this fundraiser will help towards club rush materials, meeting snacks, and helping fund bus transportation to college visits, as well as the start up legal funds for POYSE to eventually become a non-profit organization to spread this concept in under served areas.



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