Join us for service to pray for our county’s students

Citizens of Howard County,
Please join The Council of Elders on Sunday, August 11th at 3:00 p.m, as we participate in a service to pray for our students for the 2013/2014 school year. This service, sponsored by Howard County PRAY, will be held at Bethel Christian Academy located at 8455 Savage-Guilford Road, Savage MD 20763, two minutes from the intersection of Routes 32 and 1. There will be members of the Howard County Public School system in attendance, along with other local organizations dedicated to school improvement in our county. This invitation is open to everyone, so please mark your calendars and join us for this very important event!


TOGETHER, letʼs ask God to protect and prosper
our students, and bless teachers and schools
in cultivating knowledge and wisdom in our young people
so they may make good choices
as they mature to be responsible citizens in our county,
in a safe academic environment
where they may freely share their faith in Jesus.

                                                                     -Howard County PRAY

Community dialogue and prayer in the wake of Zimmerman verdict

Press Release

Columbia, MD – St John Baptist Church (SJBC) in conjunction with the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County, MD will hold a Community Dialogue and Prayer surrounding the George Zimmerman verdict on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 7-9 pm. This event is intended to bring healing, information and clarification re various issues related to Trayvon Martin’s untimely death and the George Zimmerman verdict.

The African American community is very concerned and shocked over the verdict. Rev. Robert Turner, pastor of St John Baptist Church stated, “Many parishioners at church on Sunday stated that they have been speechless all night. They couldn’t sleep after hearing the verdict”. “As pastor, I have a 13 year old son. If it happened to Trayvon, could it happen to my son?”

Young people are encouraged to wear hoodies in honor of Martin, who was wearing a black hoodie when Zimmerman shot him in the chest on Feb. 26, 2012. We will hear questions from members of the community, remarks from the Howard County Police Dept., Howard County Office of Human Rights to name a few, sing songs about justice and discuss race relations in this country and County and how we can move forward. We will end the night with prayer.

The program is open to the public and will be held in the SJBC Sanctuary, located at 9055 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD. For more information, please contact SJBC Administrative Assistant Ambrie Jones (410) 992 – 6977.


Sign up today for BSAP SUMMER PROGRAMS!

We are happy to announce that the Black Student Achievement Program is offering
another exciting full-day, four-week enrichment program June 24 – July 19, 2013.
The program will be located at Mt Hebron High School, 9440 Old
Frederick Road, Ellicott City MD 21042.The program is open to all HCPSS
students. Daily transportation will be provided at pre-determined sites. Our staff
consists of certified teachers and academic mentors. Lunch will be provided daily.
The cost of the program is $500.00 per student. Before & After Care, Tuition
Assistance, and Scholarships are available.
BSAP Summer Learning Camp – students entering grades 1 – 5
This integrated enrichment program provides exciting extended learning experiences
for students in reading, mathematics and science. Students will be exposed to skills
that are assessed on state tests and will also have opportunities to participate in a
wide range of enrichment experiences including art, drama, music, world languages,
health and fitness, and more!
BSAP Student Enrichment & Accelerating Achievement of Leadership
(SEAL) Program – students entering grades 6 – 12
This integrated program provides extended learning opportunities for middle and high
school students. Students will practice skills that are assessed on state tests and will
also have opportunities to participate in a wide range of enrichment experiences
including world languages, dance, drama, journalism, art and engineering.
Registration Location & Dates!
Homewood Center, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD (behind the Depart. of Education)
o Wednesdays, 4:30pm-7:00pm: May 15, and June 5, 12, and 19
o Saturdays, 9:00am-11:00am: June 8 and 15.
Questions: Contact Jackie Jenkins, 410.313.1598


Frequently Asked Questions on 2013 BSAP Summer Programs
Can any child apply to the BSAP Summer Program?
Yes. The program is open to all Howard County students entering grades 1-12.
Where is the program located?
Mt. Hebron High School, 9440 Old Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
What are the dates for the BSAP Summer Program?
June 24 – July 19, 2013 from 9:00am – 3:00pm
What is the student – teacher ratio?
We make every effort to maintain a 1:15 ratio for academic classes and a 1:20 ratio for
enrichment classes.
Where will registration take place?
Homewood School, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD (behind the Department of Education)
What are the dates and times for registration?
Wednesdays, 4:30-7:00pm: March 13, April 17, May 15, and June 5, 12, and 19
Saturdays, 9:00-11:00am: June 8 and 15.
Where can I get an application for the BSAP Summer Program?
You can access the BSAP Summer Programs Application and additional forms on line at or by asking your school secretary, guidance counselor, or BSAP Achievement Liaison for a copy of 2013 Summer Classes and Camps Catalog. This catalog has the all summer programs offered by the HCPSS.
Will before/after care be available?
Yes. Before/Aftercare for BSAP will be provided by Celebration Church located at
6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045; 410.997.2384 ext. 120 ·
Applications will be available at each registration.
Will transportation be provided? See schedule.
Yes, there are pre-determined bus stops.
What is the cost of the program?
Full: $500
FARMS: $250
3 or more children: deduct $100 per family
Will partial payments be accepted?
Yes. The minimal amount that is accepted for an initial deposit is $50.00. Remaining balance will be split up into 3 installments. Tuition must be paid in full before a student can attend the program.

How would I qualify for scholarship or tuition assistance?
o Applicants need to demonstrate that paying full tuition would cause financial hardship (medical hardship, pending foreclosure, termination from former employer, or receiving unemployment assistance)
o Complete the Tuition Assistance Scholarship Request Form
o Submit appropriate documents as requested (i.e.W-2)
How are scholarships or tuition assistance determined?
The Scholarship Committee will review the letters and required documents of each applicant. Using federal and state guidelines all applications and documents will be reviewed and scholarships/tuition assistance will be granted accordingly.
How soon will I hear from the scholarship committee?
Applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks upon receipt of completed application and required documents.
Will I be able to get a refund if my plans change for the summer?
To receive a refund of summer school tuition, parents must submit their request on a Student Withdrawal/Refund Form, which is available at the Summer School Office located at the Department of Education. The completed form should be submitted directly to the Summer School Office.  For more information call 410.313.6627.
Who are the administrators for the BSAP Summer Program?
Mr. Eugene Rose
Administrator, SEAL; Grades 6 – 12
Ms. Erica Waters
Administrator, Summer Learning Camp; Grades 1 – 5
Adrienne Williams-McKinney
Assistant Administrator, SLC/SEAL

Student Commissioner Wanted for Human Rights Commission

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – The Howard County Human Rights Commission is currently accepting
applications for the position of Student Commissioner to serve a one-year term from July 1,
2013 to June 30, 2014 as a non-voting member on the Commission. The deadline for
applications is Friday, May 24, 2013 at 5 p.m.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be a student under the age of 18 years old, a Howard County resident, have an interest in human/civil rights and be able to attend the Commission’s meetings on the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. Applicants must submit an application and a brief essay telling why they want to serve on the commission. Applications are available online at

Interested students can also receive applications by calling the Office of Human Rights at 410-313-6430. All  completed applications must be mailed to: Howard County Government, Department of County Administration, Attn: David Lee, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by the Human Rights Commissioners. The selected candidate will be sent to the County Executive, who will then submit his recommendation to the County Council for confirmation.

The Human Rights Commission was established in 1969 and is composed of 11 voting members and one non-voting student member, all who must live in the county. The Commission’s duties and responsibilities are prescribed by law, and include recommending a civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council concurrently; the authority to make surveys and studies concerning human rights conditions and problems; and the authority to file a complaint when there is reason to believe a pattern or practice of discrimination exists. In Howard County, it is illegal to discriminate against individuals based on: race, creed, religion, handicap, color, sex, national origin, age, occupation, marital status, political opinion, sexual orientation, personal appearance, familial status, source of income, or gender identity. For more information about the Office of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission, visit, & click on “Departments,” or call 410-313-6430.


Media Contacts:
Mark S. Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
C. Vernon Gray, Administrator, Office of Human Rights, 410-313-6430

Were Africans the First Americans?

imhotepThat’s the question that Dr. David Imhotep seeks to answer for us. Join him on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1:30-4:00pm at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum, 300 Oella Avenue, Oella, MD 21228, as he provides documented evidence that may actually support this theory. There is free admission to the “Afternoon with Dr. David Imhotep“, so please plan to attend.


The Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund, Apply by May 31, 2013

This Scholarship became available recently! Don’t delay.
 Deadline to apply: May 31, 2013
The Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) Scholarship Fund offers scholarship opportunities to any under-served student across the United States
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    Scholarship Notification
   Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation
Eligibility Requirements
Qualified  applicants must be a high school senior, college student, and/or  between the ages of 18-25, pursuing studies at a vocational or trade  school. All applicants must be a US Citizen and complete the on-line application no later than the published  deadline date, which is May 31, 2013.
The  Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation is unique in that it offers  scholarships to single mothers, children who attend alternative schools,  students who have earned a GED, students with grade point averages of  2.0 and students who have previously been incarcerated, etc. but desire a  higher educational opportunity. This group is generally not the  recipients of college scholarships and is typically ignored by the Board  of Education.
The Shawn Carter Foundation offers scholarship opportunities to any  under-served student across the United States who desires a higher  education. One of the key questions asked by the Foundation when  students apply for a scholarship is: What are your plans to give back to  the community?.
This scholarship is open to the public. Please apply before the deadline May 31, 2013. Thanks.

Congratulations to all the students who participated in 13th annual Chess Tournament!

On Saturday, April 27th, we held our 13th Annual Chess Tournament with the Black Student Achievement Program(BSAP) at the Saturday Math Academy at Oakland Mill High School.  82 children from elementary, middle and high schools in Howard County participated in the event.

There was stiff competition and many tight matches.  Everyone had a good time and especially enjoyed the awarding of trophies, medals and pizza…or should we say the eating of pizza at the Pizza Party held afterwards.

The Council has been partnering with the BSAP for over 13 Years in teaching children Chess and Critical Thinking, and have tutored around 150 children this year.

Special thanks to Elders Wardell Lindsay and Harvey Moran for their Leadership of the Chess Program and to Harriet Lee for the volunteers that made the year a success.