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University of Maryland's Center for Educational Partnership Celebrates 10th Anniversary

July 12, 2016

Riverdale community enriched through array of educational programs and initiatives

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland’s Center for Educational Partnership will celebrate its 10th anniversary on July 14. Ten years ago, the CEP space was a former university owned warehouse, but due to a vibrant partnership between the University of Maryland and the Maryland Multicultural Youth Center, Riverdale residents now enjoy a multi-faceted community center with a mission to support individual and group learning, growth and advancement. CEP programs include extended-day instruction, adult and teen education, on-site counseling, homework assistance, and various recreational events. 

In order to foster and enrich key programming initiatives, the center has brokered important partnerships with GapBuster Center, Inc., the University of Maryland Extension, the University of Maryland School of Public Health-Center on Aging and Prince George’s Health Department - Youth & Community Service Program. As a result, expanded opportunities have become available to visitors of the center, including a bike maintenance program, two community gardens, free food distribution and many other programs that support the diverse community base in Riverdale.  

“We are thrilled that the Center has provided opportunities for the University of Maryland community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni to serve and face real social issues in Prince George’s county,” said Gloria Aparicio Blackwell, Director, Office of Community Engagement. “Over the last 10 years, the Center for Educational Partnership has become a place that embraces diversity to create new opportunities for growth. This is a tradition we are looking forward to seeing continue in the future of the Center.”

Several founders, university officials and members of the community will attend the anniversary celebration on July 14 at the CEP, including Maryland State Senator Pinsky, Latin American Youth Center President Lori Kaplan and Prince Georges County Councilwoman Dannielle Glaros. For more information on the event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/center-for-educational-partnership-10-year-...

Moving forward, the University of Maryland will transfer its leadership to Prince George’s County to continue the partnership with the Maryland Multicultural Youth Center.