The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has chosen Pasadenan Curtis R. Silvers to head the western regional office. The fund, known for it's motto: "A mind is a terrible thing to waste", has a mission of working to help students get an education. It supports Black Colleges and Universities in their historical quest to help Black students get an education in a society that was once hostile to that idea.
UNCF is committed to education of students because of their belief that success depends on education.
Silvers is married to Jeniffer Hayes Silver, daughter of longtime Pasadena educator Pat Hayes (retired). He has been socially active in Pasadena for years and previously served as president of the board of directors of the
Pasadena Branch Urban League. He also serves as Regional President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
Silvers is a native of Philadelphia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Virginia in 1985 and moved to Pasadena in 1986. He has worked in sales and marketing for a national corporation for the past twenty three years. His new career takes him out of the corporate world and places him into the non profit arena as a major player in an organization with great social significance.
Education has been part of his life from the time he was born. Both parents were involved in public education in Philadelphia. And his involvement with the Fraternity has kept him involved with education. He is a great believer that education is no longer just a pathway to success but is a prerogative to success. As polemarch for Kappa Alpha Psi, he understood and focused on the idea that young Black males needed to get through high school and set goals for getting to and through college. In these changing economic times, it is even more important that there be a special push to get young Black males educated.
Today young Black males are enrolling in steady numbers at the 39 Black Colleges supported by UNCF. The focus of those at UNCF is to help keep them there through graduation. The UNCF's has developed a special program that focuses on these bad economic times. The program called the "Emergency Student Aid" accepts the special challenge and burden to getting an education during these times. It calls on individuals and companies to make a special effort to assist students who are struggling to get their education.
Silvers' area of responsibility as Area Development Manager of UNCF includes the Los Angeles area, Orange County, Inland Valley, Arizona and Nevada. His years of sales and marketing will serve him well, as will his involvement with organizations like the Urban League. Both the Urban League and UNCF are part of the historical network of organizations dedicated to increasing and maintaining opportunities for African American students.
The UNCF offices are located at 3699 Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. You may also contact their offices at: 213.639.3800.