By D. Kevin McNeir
Summertime has traditionally allowed children to sleep in late, play all of their favorite video games and, if they’re lucky, take a road trip to visit relatives that they only see once a year.
However, for a small group of determined youth, mostly from Prince George’s County, this summer has shown them that it’s never too early to begin working toward realizing their dreams.
“I’m encouraging young people to remain focused, to continue to pursue their goals to get into the music industry and even assisting in the classroom where they’re learning the latest computer software essential to those who want to work in music production,” said Asa DeShields, a Bowie State University sophomore who serves as an intern for the Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education [FAME] Summer Music Program. “I was once a student in this program and because of the exposure I received, the skills I learned, I was hired this summer to help those who are coming behind me,” said DeShields, 18, a 2013 graduate of Central High School in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
FAME, supported by the Community Foundation National Harbor Grant, the United Way of the National Capital Area and Prince George’s County government, collaborates with its partners to provide grants for the majority of the students so they can attend the camp. For two weeks, students meet for five days of instruction. The program began on the campus of Bowie State University and has since shifted to the University of Maryland where it will end on July 18. Read More