COW (College Orientation Workshop) is held at VMI each year for minority young men who are rising juniors and seniors. It’s a 4 week program where the young men are pushed mentally, physically, and challenged to be the best they can be. Sequoia (left) and Keith (right) pictured above, were this year’s attendees from Boys Home.
WDBJ Channel 7 out of Roanoke did a feature on the program that can be watched HERE.
We’re very proud of these young men and their accomplishments. At graduation for the COW program, each graduate read a speech about their experience. Below are Sequoia and Keith’s speeches:
In June, Boys Home of Virginia was hit by two strong storms, both leaving damage in their path. On June 16, in Alleghany County, a heavy, intense wind storm swept through the area leaving trees and branches down, damage to houses and buildings, and thousands without power. A week later, on June 23, Boys Home was in the path of a storm that brought heavy downpours and flooding waters to the area. Boys Home, fortunately, had no damage to buildings during the wind storm and was not among the hardest hit areas during the flooding. However, we have sustained damage to several parts of the campus that will require extensive repairs.
Boys Home is thankful to the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) in the Diocese of Southern Virginia for blessing our graduating seniors with a love offering through the “God Bless the Children” project. Nancy Sands, president of the ECW for Southern Virginia, joined us for the 2016 Awards Banquet to present the seniors with their gift.
Click HERE and scroll to page 12 of the newsletter from the Dioceses of Southern Virginia to read a nice article about the project.
This year, we had 8 young men graduate from our program. All of the boys have plans to continue their education in some way- either through trades study or college. These young men have overcome many obstacles to get to this point and many of them didn’t see graduating high school as an option before Boys Home. We are thankful to our donors for giving them this chance at success and we’re thankful that these young men persevered and graduated! (more…)