The Tribune Society provides forums, many geared for young people and the community at large. In September 1995 the Tribune Society's Educational committee implemented a mentor program. The program focused on equipping first-year high-school students with a four-year comprehensive academic and a support core curriculum. The support core curriculums include improving self esteem, providing positive role models, scholarship and financial aid information. To ensure a cooperative working relationship,
parental participation was mandatory. The academic component of the program included Math and English tutoring for eight weeks. Princeton Review instructors taught these courses. This program,
was open to High Schools students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, who were preparing for the S.A.T.
In celebration of Black History Month and the promotion of education, the Tribune Society sponsors two significant programs, the Alphonso B. Deal Scholarship Dance and a Black History Month Program. The Alphonso
B. Deal Scholarship Award was established in 1992 to honor Mr. Deal, a Senior Court Clerk and Tribune member, who lost his life while attempting to protect his community.
In 2002, the scholarship fund was renamed to include Captain William H.
Thompson, a Tribune member who perished while saving others during the World
Trade Center tragedy. Each year outstanding students are selected by the screening committee to receive scholarships. The students are chosen on their academic merit, special talents and community service.
The Black History Month program features prominent guest speakers and is open to the public. In past years, our program included, Rev. Calvin Butts,
Les Payne, Professor Derrick Bell, Paul Roberson Jr., Gil Noble and Johnnie L. Cochrane, Jr. Esq.,
Loretta Lynch, Esq., Earl Graves, publisher of Black Enterprise magazine, Star
Jones, Esq., Professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr., Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake and
Theodore M. Shaw, Director, counsel and President , NAACP Defense and
Fund raising drives conducted by the Tribune Society have benefited many charities, including the Cancer Foundation, the United Negro College Fund, the Lupus Foundation, the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Africare, Feed the Children, The Black United Fund, Exploring New Options Youth Program, the Yvonne Brown Foundation
and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. During the year-end holidays, the Tribune Society's annual Christmas Toy
Drive contributes to children centers, local churches, individuals, needy families and homeless shelters throughout the City.
One of the organization's main objectives has been career advancement for its members and other minorities in the court system. Tribune members regularly offer preparatory classes for court service entrance and promotional examinations. Participants in these courses, which are open to all, consistently attain above-average scores.
The Tribune Society is in the
forefront of their effort to attain the constitutional ideal of "equality and justice for all."
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