GREENWICH, Conn. -- Thousands of students from local schools, youth programs and Scouting organizations, have visited the Malcolm Pray Achievement Center in Banksville, N.Y., since it opened in the late 1990s.
Among the center’s most recent visitors were students from St. Aloysius School in Harlem, and members of the Stamford Girls Leadership Program and the Clubmen of Westchester-Higher Aims Program.
Higher Aims’s mission is to support the life goals of young African-American and Latino men.
Malcolm Pray was a Greenwich businessman who collected vintage automobiles.
The students who toured his world-class auto collection were given a presentation of Pray’s “12 Steps to Success” and also participated in role-playing exercises.
Tours are given by in-house certified teaching professionals with expertise in tailoring visits to particular age groups.
The Harlem students impressed their guides with observations and questions, the center said.
The Stamford group’s visit was highlighted by a talk by guest speaker Regina Simonetti, who shared her story from her teenage years to how she became a senior CFO with the struggles, sacrifices, and successes along the way.
In turn, the Stamford girls shared their individual goals in academics, health, finance, interpersonal relationships, and community service.
Lastly, high academic achievers from the Higher Aims program engaged in a debate on subjects ranging from the merits of "self-driving cars" to harnessing the properties of graphene in automotive design.
For more information about the center, or to schedule a group visit, call (914) 234-2579.
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