North Jersey Alumnae Invests in Educating Youth


Submitted by Jo-Ann Raines

North Jersey Alumnae Chapter (NJAC) has supported New Jersey youth through its four programs for teens and other initiatives including co-sponsored in-person college fairs. With the advent of the pandemic, the chapter switched gears and initiated a Virtual College Fair Experience to engage students in the college exploration process safely.

Led by Chair Ericka Shoulars and Co-chair Pamela White, the Virtual College Fair Experience was held over four nights and addressed a specific topic each evening, beginning with tools and techniques for the college application and financial aid processes facilitated by Jennifer Griffith of NJAC, Adrienne King of New York Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and L-Mani Viney of Kappa Alpha Psi
fraternity and director of the Jersey City Kappa League Program. The second evening was devoted to the benefits of attending in-state schools with representatives from 11 public and private New Jersey colleges and universities sharing key information about their institutions.

Evening Three was a very popular session on “The Black College Experience,” HBCU night. University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Lincoln University, Tuskegee University, Benedict College, and Virginia State University were among 13 public and private institutions that
primarily serve the needs of Black Americans. Representatives interacted with students, presented overviews of their schools, and answered questions from the audience of parents and students.

The final evening offered a panel of 10 collegiates and recent graduates who shared their experiences about college and offered tips on how they acclimated to the new environment. One student shared, “They gave helpful opinions and persuaded me to feel comfortable and encouraging me to follow my dreams.” 

The Virtual College Fair Experience was a successful, first-time event, attracting nearly 250 participants across the four nights, including 175 parents and students from the community and around the New York metropolitan area. One parent commented: “As a parent, I heard a couple of new things that I had not thought about and it was very helpful to have my daughter, a freshman, hear things from professionals that aligned with recommendations that her parents have also told her.”

Ever mindful of the chapter’s commitment to educate its community, each evening concluded with a reminder from a member of the North Jersey Alumnae Social Action Committee on completing the Census, registering to vote, and submitting voting ballots.


Submitted by Jo-Ann Raines North Jersey Alumnae Chapter (NJAC) has supported New Jersey youth through its four programs for teens and other initiatives including co-sponsored in-person college fairs. With the advent of the pandemic, the chapter switched gears and initiated a Virtual College Fair Experience to engage students in the college exploration process safely. Led …

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