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On April 20, Catch the hypnotizingly smooth sounds of Philly 360° Creative Ambassador Marsha Ambrosius as she and some of the hottest Philly talent set the stage ablaze at the next installment of the Philly LIVEPOD. Live in the black box theater of the Prince Music Theater, right off our world-famous Avenue of the Arts, Marsha will be joined by newly-signed Motown recording group MPrynt and dynamic duo Raw Beauty.
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Now that Nnamdi is becoming more acclimated to his new city, he's beginning to give back to the Philadelphia community more. He's now expanding his foundation Asomugha College Tour for Scholars (ACTS) to include students from Philadelphia. ACTS is an annual high school college tour and mentoring program that is dedicated to providing high-achieving high school students from underserved communities in Los Angeles, Oakland and now Philadelphia with the opportunity to visit college campuses around the country.
Working with the Eagles Youth Partnership, Nnamdi selected four students from Philadelphia to join this year’s tour. The trip is unique for many reasons, but the most impressive is Nnamdi’s level of personal involvement. Not only does he dedicate a week of his time to the actual trip, but there are months of preparation that lead up to it - reviewing applications, selecting the students, as well as outlining the actual itinerary.
We caught up with Nnamdi and asked him a few questions about his program and about being in Philly. Check out the Q&A below.
Philly 360: Nnamdi, can you tell us a little bit about the ACTS program?
Nnamdi: I started ACTS in 2007 when I took four students from Oakland to visit colleges in Atlanta, GA. Every year since then, the program has grown and evolved. This year, I took 18 students from Oakland, Los Angeles and Philadelphia to Chicago. It’s always been important to me to find a way to give back to the community, and I think this is a fun way to show high school kids all the opportunities that exist out there for them.
Philly 360: We hear that you worked with the Philadelphia Eagles Youth Partnership to pick a few Philadelphia high school students. What was that process like? Can you tell us a little about the students you chose?
Nnamdi: Yes, Sarah Martinez-Helfman with the Eagles Youth Partnership was instrumental in the process and helped to identify the Philadelphia candidates from some of the EYP’s after school programs. I’m so happy to have included the Philly students on the tour. They are such an incredible group of intelligent, funny and deserving kids.
Philly 360: Why did you decide to involve Philly in your ACTS program?
Nnamdi: It has always been important for me to find a way to give back to the communities that support me, and now that I’m playing for the Eagles and living in Philly, it just seemed like the natural next step.
Philly 360: It seems like you're really starting to embrace Philadelphia, and Philly is definitely loving you back. You were picked as a lead Philly 360° Ambassador this year. What does that mean to you?
Nnamdi: Yeah, it was pretty awesome to be chosen as the Lead Ambassador for Philly 360°. Everything happened so quickly last off season with the free agency, and I felt like I had to jump right into the season before getting the chance to really acclimate to the city of Philadelphia. So this off season, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Philly area getting to know my way around and taking advantage of all of the unique things the city has to offer. I also make sure to check out Philly 360° if I’m looking for something to do. You guys always know all of the fun things going on.
Philly 360: Anything else you want to add about ACTS?
Nnamdi: Thanks for taking the time to speak with me, and if anyone wants more info on the ACTS Program, please check out our website at buildingtoday.org and be sure to follow us on twitter @asomughafndn.
Nnamdi formed ACTS in 2007, and since its inception has led trips to New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Boston and New Orleans. This year Nnamdi took 18 students to Chicago and visited schools like DePaul, Northwestern, Notre Dame and University of Chicago, among others. He takes underprivileged high school students on college tours across the country. Every participant who graduated high school has gone on to attend higher education institutions.
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