"It takes a village of concerned organizations and mentors to lead our youth to embrace positive experiences and educational opportunities, which builds character, civic-minded members of the community, and goal orientated young adults".

-Avis White, Co-Founder of The Village Connection (CAP)




partnership programs



Dr. Cornell West
Dr. Cornel West, author, Professor of Religion and African American Studies, at Princeton University encouraged our students to continue their education, and to not confuse success with greatness on a visit to Princeton University.

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance".
- McIntyre

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, author, Educator, and President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), speaks to our students about understanding the importance of immersing themselves in their studies to reach their scholastic goals while on a visit to the UMBC campus.

Student Feedback:

" I have been keeping my grades up all through school and I saw the school I want to attend. I've learned how much that my hard work will pay off. I can get scholarships to get all my tuition, room, board, books, and meals paid for, so my parents won't have to pay, thank God, I am blessed"
-2007 Tour Student

"My teachers think I have talent, and that I should be doing a lot better. But I was into being cool, and popular. My senior package, my essay, and my personal commitment to do better, got me accepted conditionally to an HBCU. Thank you for believing in me".
-2007 Tour Student

"The student tour guides told us about how their grades were not the best in High School either, and about how hard they have to work to keep their grades up. They helped me take a look at myself. I'm a Junior, but I have promised myself to do what I need to do in High School now, so I can eventually do what I want to do later, I want to be a student tour guide while I'm in College."
-2007 Tour Student

"Once you find your voice, don't be afraid to think critically and be a courageous free thinker. Don't be a copy, be an original...examine yourself daily... have an irreverent attachment to that in life that constitutes the sum of what keeps you going and gives you strength...build from your rich tradition".

- Dr. West

"I liked TVC HBCU tour cause we were there to get familiar with what happens in college, and the understanding about how to turn our lives around, to get in college, and not become a statistic".
-2007 Tour Student

" The way my counselors tell it, I don't have a chance at going to college, but I found out from admissions officers at these HBCUs that students with worse records than mine, get in College and do well. I want to change, and go to an HBCU, cause nobody ever told me I could be a good student"
-2007 High School Sophomore

TVC Advisory Board
Ervin Owens
Linda Thomas
Glen Best
Gloria Freeman Ravenell
Roscoe Holley
Steven Muhammad
John Marshall
Mark Stevens
Mignon Matchett
Renee Sumby
Deborah Reeves, Esq.

Our Volunteer Program Staff/Mentors
Avis White
Deborah Reeves, Esq.
Tracey Norwood Farmer
Angela White Narain
Melissa Sheow
Dianne Spann
Darwin Farmer
Vincint Thomas
Toni McFarland
Susan Crawford
Elisa Kimble
Juanita White (Bahka)
Erwin Thomas

Youth Advocates
Anjanie Narain
Julius Thomas
Armand Thomas
Clifton Chancellor Blair
Ujjay Brawley
Melodie Narain
Jermon Williams
Aisha Thomas
Imani Elam
Ikise Walker
Vincent Morton
Ashaad Holley
Isaiah Elam
Adrien White
Chris Fairchild
Tyra Taylor
Shaquille Thomas

Universities where
TVC scholars have
been accepted, admitted, attend or have graduated
Alabama State University
Allegheny Community College
Allen University
American University
Bennett College
Benedict College
Boston College
Bowie State University
Brown University
Catholic University of America
Cal-Berkley University
Cheyney University
Clark Atlanta University
Columbia University
Coppin State University
Cornell University
Davidson College
Dartmouth College
Delaware State University
Dillard University
Drexel University
Emory University
East Carolina University
Fayetteville State University
Fisk University
Florida A & M University
Florida Memorial College
Florida State University
Frostburg State University
George Mason University
Goucher College
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Hood College
Howard University
Jackson State University
Johns Hopkins University
Kentucky State University
Loyola College
Marymount University Mississippi Vally State University
Morehouse College
Morgan State University
Mount St. Mary's University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A & T State University
North Carolina Central University
Morehouse College
Northeastern University
Old Dominion University
Penn State University
Prince George's Community College
Princeton University
Rutgers University
Saint Paul's College
Stanford University
St. Johns University
St. Mary's University
Salisbury University
Savannah State University
Shaw University
South Carolina State University
Southern University
Spelman College
St. Bonaventure
Temple University
Tennessee State University
Towson University
Trinity College
Tuskegee University
University of Baltimore
University of Dist. of Columbia
University of Delaware
University of the District of Columbia
University of Illinois
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Virginia Union University
Voorhees College
West Virgina State University
William & Mary University
Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Roster of
High Schools and
Middle Schools
we have served:
* Denotes Strategic Partners

Alpha Kappa H. S.,
Richmond, CA
*Anacostia H. S., D. C.
Arundel H. S., MD
*Ballou H. S., D. C.
Baltimore Poly. Inst., H. S., MD
Benjamin Banneker H. S., D. C.
*Benjamin Stoddert M. S., MD
Bishop McNamara H. S., MD
Bladensburg H. S., MD
Blair H. S., MD
Bowie H. S., MD
Archbishop Carroll H. S., D. C.
Central H. S., MD
Community Christian School,
Richmond, CA
Clinton Christan School, MD
Central H. S., MD
Coolige H. S., D. C.
*Crossland H. S., MD
Deal H. S., MD
DeMatha H. S., MD
Duke Ellington H. S., D. C.
Dunbar H. S., D. C.
Duval H. S., MD
Einstein H. S., MD
Eleanor Roosevelt H. S., MD
Elizabeth Seaton School, MD
*Ernest Everett Just M. S., MD
*Fairmont Heights H. S., MD
Forest Park High H. S., MD Forestville H. S., MD
Frederick Douglas H. S., MD
Friendly H. S., MD
Good Counsel H. S., MD
Grace Brethren School, MD
Gwynn Park H. S., MD
*H. D. Woodson H. S., D. C.
*Isaac J. Gourdine M. S., MD
Kennedy H. S., MD
Kima Public Charter School, D. C.
Largo H. S., MD
Mckinley Tech H. S., D. C.
Montclair H. S.,
Montclair, N. J.
Mount Vernon H. S. VA
Northpointe H. S., MD
Northwestern H. S., MD
Owings Mills H. S., MD
*Oxon Hill H. S., MD
Perry Hall H. S., MD
*Potomac H. S., MD
Riverdale Baptist School, MD
River Hill H. S., MD
School Without Walls, H. S., D. C.
*Science and Leadership Academy, Philadelphia, PA
Sharpsburg H. S., N. C.
Southern H. S., MD
Southern Nash H. S., MD
Springbrook H. S., MD
Suitland H. S., MD
Surratsville H. S., MD
Tall Oaks Vocational H. S., MD
Thomas Stone H. S., MD
Wheaton H. S., MD
Wilde Lake H. S., MD
Wilson H. S., MD

Back-to-School Links
Below are websites with
helpful information
about back-to-school
time for kids of all

www. studentsreview.com/

Preparing for College
It's never too early to start preparing for college! Early preparation can help smooth the way. Everyday you make major decisions that shape your future, and this should include deciding to go to college. Although college may be years away, it is never too early to become informed and prepared.

Links to College Exam Prep and Information
way2gomaryland.org/The University System of Maryland Schools

Links to Common Applications to Colleges and Universities

Link to Online FAFSA Application
Free Application for Federal Student Aid

A 501 c3 Charitable Nonprofit Organization

Since 2007, we and our program partners have provided over 700 under resourced youth with College & Scholarship Access, Academic Enrichment Resources, Mentoring, Life Skills & Workforce Readiness, Volunteer and Internship Opportunities, Educational Visits, Innovative Programs and Experiences to Inspire youth to become Solid Productive members of the Community who recognize the importance of Giving Back. Thank you, and through your donations and in-kind contributions and support, we are committed to improving our efforts, (990 form furnished upon request). To donate, click on the donate button below.

The Scholarship Institute

Through this initiative TVC and our partner www.NationalScholarshiphonorroll.net/
provides Scholarship Information, Programs, Camps and Speakers for Schools, For-profits, Nonprofits,Churches, Youth Groups & Families.
For information contact us at: info@theconnectedvillage.org

Get the book:
Smart Parent Guide: African American Scholarships, Fellowships & Grants, by Author Stephen Jackson online at: www.nationalscholarshiphonorroll.net/theguide.html
or at www.amazon.com/

Join our Workshops and efforts and lets get 1000 students full college scholarships. For details and to register for the Workshops and to contribute, RSVP to: info@theconnectedvillage.org

See our 2013-2014 Calendar below

On a visit to Princeton University, Dr. Cornel West embraced our group
and encouraged students to get the best education possible.

The Village Connection, Inc.(TVC), a 501 c3 Charitable Youth Enrichment Organization

"We have developed relationships to inspire more than 700 underserved and low-income students to finish high school, and provide the unique system of supports they need to graduate college and succeed in life".- Avis White, Founder & Executive Director

98% of TVC program students have been accepted to a four-year college or university.
95% of TVC program students have immediately enrolled in colleges or universities.
45% of TVC program students are the first in their families to go to college.

Click to see the videos,"The Pact as Motivation", and our charity "Red Carpet" video:

Combined Federal Campaign#
CFC# 69243

Please Support our National Scholarship Honor Roll 2013 Scholarship Campaign, and our Programs and Activities through your CFC Contribution.

*100% of Fees & Donations Support our programs and activities
*All Donations are fully Tax Deductable
*We Welcome In-kind-Donations
*Contribute or Donate below

Or you can mail your donation in the form of a check to:

P.O. Box 1232
Temple Hills, MD 20748

Leave message at: 1-877-205-6833
Your contributions are fully tax-deductible

Avis White, the Executive Director and Founder of The Village Connection expresses her sincere thanks to Federal Government employees for their support with their contributions through the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (CFCNCA) CFC # 69243


Email us at: info@theconnectedvillage.org

Our Academic Consultants are:
Transcend Academy
SAT Practice Test every month by Transcends Academy
For information and to register call(202) 466-0514
or contact: Email: oellis@transcendacademy.com

Click below to see Transcend Academy win the 2012 Gold STEVIE Award

SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT Prep & Testing and Counseling
High School, FAFSA, College, Graduate School, Business School Counseling
Study Skills Enrichment, Seminars and Workshops for 2013 - 2014 TBA

EZA Math Tutoring Services
"Success Today with EZA"
Math Tutoring, SAT/PSAT Math Prep, Summer Math Camp
Contact William Burton, Tutor: 301-390-9140

* Attending Workshops is mandatory for students who plan on entering our College Access Program and attending our College Visits. Please RSVP your attendance to our Mentor Workshops by submitting the information form below.

Above: (left) A campus tour guide greets our students on the bus at Norfolk State
University. Above: (right) While visiting the Florida State University campus
students take notes and enjoy the surroundings.

(Example of) our 2-day Ivy League/HBCU College visit

University of Pennsylvania

Princeton University

The Schomburg Center

Morgan State University

Delaware State University

Blacks in Wax Museum

Alternative Schools: Amherst College, American University, Boston College, Bowie State University, Brown University, Cheyney University, Columbia University, Coppin State University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, Fordham University, Frostburg State University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Johns Hopkins University, Lincoln University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Rutgers University, St. Johns University, Temple University, Towson University, UMD, UMBC, Tufts University, UCONN, UMASS, University of Hartford, University of the District of Columbia, Villanova University, & Yale University

College Tour Program Particulars
  • Chaperones (Mentors, Program staff, and Parents)
  • College Information Sessions
  • Pre-Scheduled on-campus visits at select universities
  • Conversations with College Students, University Presidents, & Professors
  • Visits to College Dormitories, & Libraries
  • Lunch at College Campuses, and Buffet dinners
  • 3 to 4 star lodging and campus lodging
  • Scheduled Meetings with Admissions Officers

  • *For details of the upcoming College visits and Educational visits email us at info@theconnectedvillage.org

    CLEP Testing:
    How to Graduate from College faster, with less debt

    Our 2013-2014 Calendar

    Sat. October 19, 2013 @ Congresswoman, Donna Edwards College Fair, Oxon Hill High School, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.

    Sat. October 19, 2013 @ Riverside Baptist Church, Ft. Washington, MD, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

    Sat. October 26, 2013 @ Matthews Memorial Baptist Church (MMBC) 12:00 am to 2:00 pm. This SAT Prep and Scholarship Workshop Session for Middle through High School & College Students

    Sat. November 2, 2013 @ College Fair, Mount Ennon Baptist Church, 9:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

    Sat. November 7, 2013 @ College Fair, Suitland High School, 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon.

    Sat. November 9, 2013 @ Alpha Phi Alpha-College Fair, at South Regional, Tech & Rec. Complex, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

    Sat. November 13, 2013 @ College Fair, Potomac High School, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

    Sat. November 14, 2013 @ College Fair, Laurel High School, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    Sat. November 23, 2013 @ Matthews Memorial Baptist Church (MMBC) 12:00 am to 2:00 pm. SAT/ACT Workshop/Scholarship Workshop Session for Middle through High School & College Students

    Sat. December 14, 2013 @ College Bound & Career & College Expo, Delta Sigma Theta (Federal City), 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

    Sat. February 19, 2014 @ UNCF Black College Fair at Vermont Ave. Baptist Church , 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

    Sat. February 19, 2014 @ UNCF Black College Fair at John F. Kennedy High School , 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

    Sat. February 22, 2014 @ College Festival at Alfred Street Baptist Church at TC Williams High School,(Alexandria, VA) 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

    Workshops Scheduled for the 1st Sat. in each Month starting on May Please email for locations, times and RSVP details

    Sat. March 1, 2014, Location: TBD, Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Topic: "Finishing the school year strong"

    Sat. Apr. 5, 2014, Location: TBD, Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Topic: "Preparing for Finals"

    Sat. May 3, 2014, Location: TBD, Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Topic: "Summer camps, reading and college research"

    Sat. June 7, 2014, Location: TBD, Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Activity, (Summer Cookout for high school and college students, parents, staff and community partners)"

    TVC Programs will re-open on Saturday September 13, 2014, Location: TBD, Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Topic: "How to make an impression and have a successful school year" Parents please attend with your students, refreshments will be served.


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