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December 2010


Bernard Head Shot.jpgI am pleased to introduce our newest effort to keep you informed about the  activities of the Harris Foundation, the “THF Newsletter”.  Over the last year, we have experienced growth in our activities all across this nation.  Thanks to our national and local partners we have programs such as the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps which have served over 5,000 students since 2007, the Dream Tour initiative which has  visited over 28 cities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders program which has selected 187 individuals as award recipients, just to highlight a few.  We thank you for your support as we continue to positively impact our nation’s youth and their communities.


We believe that there are “infinite possibilities” in life!


Bernard A. Harris, Jr.



The Harris Foundation supports three pillars for individual and community

empowerment - education, health and wealth.




baton rouge.jpgLouisiana Pilot a Success in Reducing

Drop-out Rate

One week before The Harris Foundation completed the Dream Tour in Baton  Rouge, LA, the Louisiana Department of Education announced that state officials’ focus on eighth and ninth-grade students has proven effective in reducing dropouts and increasing test scores.

Read more…                         


Bridging the Achievement Gap Between Black and White Students

The academic achievement gap separating Black and White students has long been known and studied….New data produced by the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) and reported by the Council of Great City Schools focuses on Black males and shows that those attending schools in urban areas have made more progress.

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Bullying: Not Just a Social Issue

With countless barriers to success already facing our nation’s youth, recent findings from UCLA psychologists that students who are bullied suffer    academically is disheartening, to say the least.  According to a study involving 2,300 students in 11 Los Angeles-area public schools, bullying, especially high levels of it, correlated with lower grades. Read more…




CHL.jpgPracticing Stress Relief May Help

Students Succeed

New data compiled by researchers from five universities has confirmed the long-held suspicions of campus counselors across the nation: Students today are more stressed than youth during the Great Depression era.

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businessmakers copy.jpgA High Financial IQ:

A Foundation for Success

What is your financial IQ? According to a NY Times article, it may not be as highas you think. Personal finance reporter Tara Siegel Bernard posits that Americans aren’t very money-savvy, yet are expected to make big financial decisions as

early as their teens. Read more…                







Dr. Harris Receives Key to City of

Baton Rouge


Dare to Dream hosts Gang Prevention Night

gang.jpgwith Harris County Juvenile Probation, CIS and the FBI


Dream Tour Visits Nashville, TN


Dare to Dream hosts FBI/CSI Field Trip;

Dr. Harris receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award


Dream Tour visits Philadelphia, PA






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