Be a “Chip” Off the Old Block: Mentor!

kwestGeorge “Chip” Greenidge, executive director of National Black College Alliance (NBCA) is looking to change the world – one college-bound student at a time.

Currently Chip, who lives in Boston, has a mission to create the next generation of urban civic leaders by encouraging community volunteerism and college education for high school students, while promoting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

NBCA believes that attending HBCUs really helps students develop their leadership ability, and NBCA has the research to prove it.

According to NBCA: HBCU graduates account for half of all African Americans with master’s degrees; 43 percent of whom go on to earn doctoral degrees.  Moreover, the research revealed that 35 percent of all African American lawyers, 50 percent of all black engineers, 65 percent of all black physicians, 75 percent of all black officers in the military, and 80 percent of all black federal judges in the United States graduated from an HBCU.

Those numbers are very impressive, and Chip is a representative of those statistics.

He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse and earned his master’s degree from the Harvard School of Education, which is located in his hometown, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

After graduation, Chip’s education afforded him many opportunities before he decided to work at the Boston Foundation, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious foundations in the nation.

Chip thrived there, enjoying the work and perks.  He still found time to volunteer in his neighborhood, and wanted to do more.

“I always felt the need to give back to the community,” Chip said.  “I recognized that I am blessed, and giving back is an obligation.”

After working successfully in his field, he wasn’t satisfied and wanted to use his skills, talents and experience to make a larger impact.

“I had success; been there done that. I wanted to impact my community in a smart, strategic manner and show that we can run profitable non-profits that make an impact,” Chip said.

In the year 2000, Chip did just that when the NBCA received a non-profit status.

Now you don’t have start a non-profit organization or attend a HBCU to make a difference.  Think about following Chip’s lead and becoming a mentor.

By Tara J., the advocate with a hip hop twist

Note: In 2014, my website crashed. It was a painful experience but I learned so much about website designing and coding through that incident.

This blog entry was written and posted in 2014. I respect the work George has done and the work he continues to do and wanted to share his blog entry.

Here’s to 2.0!