Beacons of Light Outreach

Our Beacons of Light Outreach Program provides opportunities for Chuck Cooper Foundation stakeholders, scholarship recipients and leadership program participants to work with students from elementary school to high school.

The curriculum was developed with Dr. Mitchel Nickols, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, teaches doctoral classes at Point Park University, and has a seasoned career as an NSA speaker, an administrative and executive coach and a leadership development consultant.

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A key workshop focuses on the participants’ vision for their future. As part of the curriculum, Chuck Cooper Foundation Leadership Program graduate scholars create personal vision statements that define their aspirations and bring focus and purpose to their life pursuits. These statements are shared with undergraduate scholars and participants in our Beacons of Light outreach program.

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Chuck Cooper and Josh Gibson Center for Equity and Education

Creating equitable pathways to success

The Chuck Cooper and Josh Gibson Center for Equity and Education at Point Park University seeks to create equity and opportunities in education and employment for youth and families from communities of color. Focusing on skills necessary for college and career readiness, the center will serve as a convener of resources, providing workshops, college mentors and opportunities to meet with community and business leaders, as well as college faculty. Learn more at