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Raised Funds Help Sponsor Scholarships for Young Men at Mico

On June 13,2018 funds raised from The Mico Pump It Up 5K Run/Walk 2017 were handed over to the President Dr. Asburn Pinnock on June 13, 2018 at a handing over ceremony to assist young men enrolled in the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP).

Michael Boyd, alumni, CEO of Mikiayana and major sponsor of the 5K Run/Walk expressed his delight in being part of this event, “I will continue to support the Mico, because it wasn’t just me who passed through here, my brothers came here, and I have two siblings who attended the Mico practicing.” I am proud to see this venture come to fruition and I will keep supporting.”

The PUMP It Up 5K Run/Walk began in 2016 as an initiative to raising funds for providing scholarships for young men enrolled in the Pre-University Men’s Programme. This cheque hand over represents the second entrenchment from the event.

Romario Prendergast, in his response at the event gave commendations to the work of the programme, “It was a pleasure for me to enter through the gates of the Mico University College. It hasn’t been an easy road coming from the community of Trench Town as growing up I never saw myself becoming a teacher. Since being introduced to the program and coming here I have been able to matriculate into the degree programme as well as receive promotions at my workplace because of my higher education. I thank the Mico for that.”

The PUMP programme since 2008 has seen many successes with young men entering and graduating from the degree programs at the University College, as well as being involved in student leadership at the highest level on the campus.

Director of the School of Continuing Studies, Franklyn Bennett, in contextualizing the struggles faced by the program emphasized, “Sponsorship is a critical feature, yes the program is academic but it is embedded in outreach, empowerment and rebirth. The transformation is sometimes slow, but financial assistance is necessary.” He continued, “the sponsorship is most critical when they have matriculated and have four years ahead that the real tuition cost kicks in.”

The University College will host its third (3rd) staging of the PUMP IT UP 5k Run/Walk this November seeking to again raise funds for the programme and the hope is that corporate companies will come on board in a greater way to support the cause and help financially support unattached young men giving them an alternative to criminal and violent lifestyles.