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T.O.R.C.H - Region 3

National Society of Black Engineers Region III

Technical OutReach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.)

A Walk For Education


A Walk for Education 2015 Overview:

Goal: To increase awareness of opportunities available in college among African American communities.

Audience: Students of all ages.

Skeleton: Volunteers will walk door to door in predominantly African American communities distributing information about area college admission, area vocational schools, GED, SAT/ACT, and financial aid. Chapters should continue involving the neighborhood’s families in T.O.R.C.H. events year round.

Volunteers: Anyone who believes that college is a good thing: a NSBE member, a Greek sorority and fraternity member, a company representative, a church member, and a college graduate as well as a non-college graduate.

History of A Walk for Education:

The Region V Chairperson and Vice Chairperson workshop discussed the declining enrollment of African American in College and Universities at the 2001 Region V Fall Regional Conference (FRC) in Dallas, Texas. A short time after FRC, the idea for A Walk for Education (AWFE) was presented to the South Texas Chapters (The SET) by Kay Babineux from the University of Houston at Central Campus. The Presidents and Vice Presidents from the University of Houston Central Campus, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston Downtown, Rice University, and Lamar University responded positively to the idea. In late November 2001 committees were developed and a course of action was established.

The SET organized AWFE during December 2001 and January 2002.

On February 2, 2002, the SET held A Walk for Education at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in the Fourth Ward neighborhood, a renowned underprivileged are of Houston, Texas. Nearly 100 volunteers walked from door to door in the area handing out 300 bags filled with information about colleges, vocational schools, SAT/ACT, and financial aid. Volunteers received AWFE shirts, as well as breakfast and lunch, which were provide by Quiznos, and Subway.  WNBA Houston Comet team member Tammy Jackson signed autographs, and City Council women Carol Galloway delivered a motivational address to volunteers prior to the walk.

On March 30, 2002, at the National Convention 2002 in Orlando, Florida, Region V made A Walk for Education a regional program.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me!  I am always here and THREE ready to help!

Thank you Region III.

Zaria Silvia

2015-2016 Technical OutReach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.) Chairperson

Region III Executive Board

National Society of Black Engineers


“There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.” –Bill Nye