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Young participants of the College Experience gather information at the end of a day of workshops

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PFW College Experience helping students realize the possibilities

A summer program designed to help young African American males take what may be their first major steps toward a college education returned this week to Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The three-day, two-night opportunity is called the Purdue University Fort Wayne College Experience. It’s a collaboration between the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Bloom Project, a nonprofit organization helping young men of color in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne with career and college readiness.

The 2023 experience hosted nearly 40 students entering grades 8–12 from five Indiana cities and as far away as Waldorf, Maryland. The program is made possible through a grant from the Foellinger Foundation.

Photographers from two area newsrooms stopped by on Tuesday to capture some of the action.

View the stories on 21Alive and WANE 15.