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Oct 18, 2016

The Alchemy board of directors has announced the hiring of Dr. Lathardus Goggins II as executive director. Goggins joins Alchemy founder G. Kwame Scruggs, Ph.D., who has been named founder and director of programs and training. The move represents a key step in the organization’s capacity-building initiatives.

“The generosity and encouragement of local and national funders has put us in a position to expand our reach, our vision and our leadership team,” said Alchemy board chair Carla Sibley. “Dr. Goggins brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization, as well as tremendous passion for the work that we do.”Goggins has been an advocate for youth and education for more than 30 years, including working with at-risk youth as a prevention specialist. His scholastic research includes examining the relationships between socialization, learning theories and academic achievement, and using the “rites of passage” model as a framework for educators. He currently teaches math and science at Emmanuel Christian Academy.

“I have followed Alchemy since its founding 12 years ago and I’m excited to be a part of the team now leading its expansion,” Goggins said. “My career has been dedicated to empowering youth and making education accessible and meaningful—building community and helping people develop a greater sense of authentic self. Working with Alchemy and founder Kwame Scruggs is a perfect fit for me.”

About Alchemy

Alchemy, Inc. is an exemplary nonprofit organization that develops and supports Akron, Ohio area urban adolescent males in nontraditional ways; primarily through the telling, discussion, and analysis of mythological stories and fairy tales.  The analysis of these myths is designed to increase the Social & Emotional Learning of our participants.  Since its inception in 2003, it has worked with over 1,500 male youth in a group setting.  In 2012, Alchemy was selected as one of 12 recipients of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award—the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs.

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