Travis Foreman to speak at East Georgia State College
Mr. Travis Foreman, future attorney and motivational speaker, will speak on Thursday, February 13th, at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center. Sponsored by the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) and in celebration of Black History Month (February), the presentation is free and open to the public. Local high school students from Swainsboro High and ECI Schools will also attend the presentation.
Growing up in the small town of Millen, GA, Travis experienced a great home life and excelled as a student. Unfortunately, with few examples of successful people to model and constant negativity from teachers, counselors, and other adults charged with preparing him, Travis soon became completely disillusioned with school and life. The results led to a downward spiral of disastrous choices and severe consequences. It was not until he learned to change his perspective, of how he viewed himself and his future, did things start to turn around. However, change did not come without great effort. It required a fundamental restructuring of the thinking process and knowledge base.
With this radical change of mind, Travis went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science, majoring in political science with a minor in communications, from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Education from the University of Georgia. Travis’ lifelong dream was to practice law. Today he is a law student at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctorate), and is a motivational speaker for other young people who feel the same cynicism that he once experienced. He emphasizes the importance of learning to motivate and encourage self in order to reach the greatest potential. Travis O. Foreman, “I want to be a lawyer, not for money or material outcomes, but to speak for those who don’t know how to speak for themselves”.
East Georgia State College is the newest campus to initiate a program, thanks to the financial support of the USG AAMI initiative and community support through grants from the Nordson Corporation and the Mill Creek Foundation.
EGSC’s AAMI program will focus on intrusive mentoring to reach the desired outcome of the student’s success. Faculty /Staff mentors and peer mentors will work with 25 students at each location (Swainsboro and Statesboro) to create a progressive plan leading ultimately to the graduation of the mentee. The students to be mentored will be carefully identified by instructors based on GPA and completed hours. The program will also include guest speakers and the opportunity for the participants to attend a Leadership summit at Georgia Southern University.
The EGSC program will be active in both Swainsboro and Statesboro. The co-directors are Deborah Kittrell-Mikell in Swainsboro and Antre Drummer in Statesboro.