The Parent Alliance Group (PAG) was established in 2009 by the Office of Admissions, faculty, staff and minority parents. Central to its mission, PAG was formed to assist in providing a smooth transition for incoming students while offering an avenue for current minority families to collectively support and enhance the MBA and surrounding communities. PAG is an organization that is open to all parents and students in the MBA community.
Entering into a college prep school environment for the first time can present challenges for students and parents. To assist the MBA administration in bridging the gap, PAG helps parents to stay informed of key events and resources available to ensure their success. Events include a New Parent Reception where current minority families meet new families to discuss their experiences, offer advice and answer any questions. Also, during the first quarter, PAG hosts a 30-Day Check-Up for new parents to answer any questions and to provide resources. In addition to these meetings, PAG conducts Class Meetings designed to address topics specific to that grade level. This offers a more tailored discussion which is very helpful for seventh grade parents. Last, PAG parents are available to attend meetings with teachers and advisors upon request.
For current parents, PAG holds four General Meetings a year. A guest speaker is invited to share information and is often a MBA administrator, staff, or faculty member. Topics have included service opportunities, academics, arts, leadership, exchange programs, etc. In addition, as mentioned above current parents are invited to Class Meetings for relationship building and to discuss class specific topics.
Our boys are our pride and joy. Their successes mean more to us than our own. With that said, PAG assists MBA in supporting our boys by offering opportunities to become project leaders for service projects and serves as a support group to strengthen projects they lead school wide. Since PAG’s inception, PAG boys have committed countless hours, time and resources towards impacting others through service. Just as important, these service projects were created and led by our PAG boys. Notably, the Wounded Warrior Project Challenge, Souls4Soles, MBA “Under The Bridge”, The MLK March, PAG Fire Hall Clean-Up Day, and The Womens’ Shelter Clothing Project. Additionally, PAG’s commitment to service extends beyond our shores. In 2013, eight of our PAG young men are giving their time and resources during Spring Break to travel to the Dominican Republic along with thirty-five other MBA students and staff to build homes and schools for poverty-stricken communities.
Also, because of their busy schedules, PAG actively encourages students to participate in the numerous leadership, service, and personal development activities available at MBA and in the community. This is accomplished primarily through the PAG Newsletter, General Meetings and emails. MBA has a phenomenal advisory structure so, PAG created an Advisory Month designed to embolden students to build a very solid relationship with their advisors. Last, PAG will also host personal development clinics such as a golf clinic and etiquette course.
To mark the conclusion of another successful year, PAG hosts an Awards Gala to celebrate our seniors along with accomplishments of other students. The night includes heartfelt memories from parents and others along with scholarships and a donation to the MBA Annual Fund. In addition, it gives PAG members the opportunity to thank the MBA community for their unwavering support and opportunities.
Much of our boys’ education happens outside, as inside our lecture halls and classrooms. MBA recognizes that multiculturalism and globalism is here and real. The dexterity with which our young men can navigate with openness and awareness of different cultures within our society will prove valuable now and in the future. Everyone in the MBA community, regardless of color, background, perspective -- are part of the same "team". Strengthening that team ensures that our community will be better and stronger.
In the end, because of PAG and the MBA Community, our boys will be informed, experienced, exposed and prepared for the incredible and impactful futures that await them.