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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

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State Board of Education Chairman Welcomes Posse Foundation to Miami
~ Organization focuses on minority student leadership and college preparation ~

MIAMI – State Board of Education Chairman T. Willard Fair joined education advocates from throughout south Florida today to celebrate the grand opening of the new Posse Foundation office in Miami. The new office brings special distinction to Miami by making it only the seventh location in the nation to house the nationally-recognized college access and youth leadership development program.

“The Posse Foundation’s track record of inspiring, energizing and investing in its members will undoubtedly give south Florida students the confidence to go after their dreams,” said Chairman Fair. “Students in Miami will now have an opportunity to harness their intelligence and take advantage of the proven support system that will help them excel in life.”

The Posse Foundation identifies dynamic student leaders who come from culturally diverse backgrounds to form a “posse” that will receive support and encouragement from select colleges and universities. Posse participants have achieved a 90 percent graduation rate from elite postsecondary schools.

Currently, Posse has sites in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Every few years, the organization identifies a city that may benefit from this leadership program. Miami was chosen as the seventh site for an office.

Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who might be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Since its inception, it has awarded $265 million in leadership scholarships to students pursuing personal and academic excellence. For more information about Posse, visit http://www.possefoundation.org/.