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'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actress Headlines FVSU Motivation Task Force
'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Actress Headlines FVSU Motivation Task Force

 

At Fort Valley State University’s annual Ralph P. Malone Youth Motivation Task Force, successful alumni return to The Valley to change the lives of high school and college students. For three days, they share stories about their professions and how they overcame challenges to make their dreams a reality.

During the April 16-18 event, a special guest will also challenge students to aim for the stars.

Hollywood actress Tatyana Ali, best known for her role as “Ashley Banks” on the hit show “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” is the keynote speaker for the 47th annual Ralph P. Malone Youth Motivation Task Force. Ali will share her life’s story during the YMTF assembly program at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16 in the C.W. Pettigrew Center auditorium.

“Our program is about career awareness and motivation,” said Dr. Romelda Simmons, director of FVSU’s Office of Career and Alumni Services. “We want our students to do their very best in a professional environment. Our alums return to campus to let them know that they can make it too.”

FVSU’s YMTF was initiated by the late Ralph P. Malone, who served as Fort Valley State College’s director of career development and planning, from 1965 to 1988. Malone was a trailblazing pioneer who started the taskforce to help high school and college students choose positive career paths and pursue education. With the assistance of the National Urban League, Malone started the university’s first Youth Motivational Task force in 1967.

“Our program is about career awareness and motivation,” said Dr. Romelda Simmons, director of FVSU’s Office of Career and Alumni Services. “We want our students to do their very best in a professional environment. Our alums return to campus to let them know that they can make it too.”

FVSU’s YMTF was initiated by the late Ralph P. Malone, who served as Fort Valley State College’s director of career development and planning, from 1965 to 1988. Malone was a trailblazing pioneer who started the taskforce to help high school and college students choose positive career paths and pursue education. With the assistance of the National Urban League, Malone started the university’s first Youth Motivational Task force in 1967.

Ali, a Broadway-trained actress, is a graduate of Harvard University. She is a three-time NAACP Image Award winner and named one of the most beautiful women in the world by People magazine in 2011. The star has also appeared in films that include Kiss the GirlsJawbreakerThe Brothers,Glory RoadMother and Child and the upcoming film, Home Again.

This year, Ali will soon be featured in the role of Maya in the BET comedy “Second Generation Wayans,” which is based on the lives of Hollywood’s Wayans Family.

On Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17, alumni will visit FVSU classrooms to give students professional advice. On Thursday, April 18, the group is traveling to Peach County High School to speak to students.

For more information on the Youth Motivation Task Force, please contact the Office of Career and Alumni Services, (478) 825-6347.

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