Ties That Bind Create Connections Between Mentors and Students

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– African American male students in the south suburbs have an opportunity to network with professionals in the community at a free event hosted by the Prairie State College (PSC) Protégé Program.

The Ties That Bind or Knot: Strengthening Ties with African American Males will be held on Thursday, February  24 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Matteson Hotel and Conference Center.

“Students are starving for assistance, direction, and support, and this annual networking event is a rare opportunity for students to connect and communicate with African American professionals in areas that they themselves have indicated interest,” said  Sean Smith, coordinator of the Protégé Program. “This is our fifth year doing this and it has grown beyond our wildest imagination.”

Students will meet and mingle with professionals in government, education, finance, business, music, technology, law, and other professional areas. The first 50 students to register for this invitation only event will receive a necktie at the end of the evening.

“It’s very important for first-and second-year college students, as well as high school students, to ‘see’ what success really is, and how achievable getting there actually is,” said Smith. “Developing connections along the way is critical to achieving that success.”

Professionals interested in participating in the event should contact Smith at (708) 709-3912 or [email protected] by February 18.

The Protégé Program cultivates academic success through mentoring, personal advisement, transfer college visits, cultural outings, and various workshops aimed at overcoming common obstacles to the students’ academic success. For more information, visit