Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy Awarded $31,000 Grant for School Uniforms

The Moody Foundation has awarded HISD’s Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy a $31,000 grant to purchase school uniforms for the 2012-2013 school year.  Nearly 80 percent of YMCPA students are from low-income families, and many students and parents cannot afford the uniforms which consist of blazers, slacks, and ties. Since state and federal guidelines prevent the academy from paying for uniforms, the school relies primarily on partner organizations for financial support.    

The HISD Board of Education is expected to accept the grant during the board’s regular meeting on Thursday, June 14. 

Principal Dameion J. Crook says the school uniform project has helped inspire student confidence and has helped nurture both the intellectual and social development necessary for his students to graduate college and become successful leaders. 

“It’s our mission at Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy to help prepare these young men for the future and to develop the full potential of each student by fostering an education environment that encourages critical thinking and inspires student confidence,” Crook said. “Through the school uniform project we are able to help establish a culture that instills in our students a sense of pride in their school and themselves. “

The all-male academy opened its doors in August 2011 serving only sixth and ninth grade students.  In the upcoming school year, grades 7 and 10 will be added.  Subsequent grades will be added until the school serves grades 6-12, with the first graduating class scheduled for 2015. 

Since its inception The Moody Foundation has recognized the importance of education and remains committed to helping improve educational opportunities throughout our community,” said Moody Foundation Executive Director Frances Moody-Dalhberg.  “We’re pleased we could help support Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy.”

The board’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in the board auditorium of the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center (4400 West 18th St., 77092).

The board is scheduled to receive status updates on a number of projects and vote on several programs, contracts, and grants.  For a full copy of the board meeting agenda, click here.  The board meeting will be carried live on HISD’s website and on the HISD Channel, which can be found on Comcast Channel 18 or AT&T Channel 99.