Ascending to Men Project hosts simultaneous roundtable discussions

The Houston Independent School District’s Ascending to Men Project (ATMP) held simultaneous roundtable discussions with students and community leaders to foster dialogue centered around issues impacting today’s male students.  

The roundtables, titled ATM + Community = Solutions, took place at both Furr and Sharpstown high schools, and were attended by students, district educators and community leaders.  

At Furr High School, FOX 26 reporter Maria Salazar served as the evening’s emcee and guided panels that focused on the importance of developing quality mentorships and the impact they can have on a student’s success.  

“We had an engaging conversation with students, parents, educators, and stakeholders,” Associate Principal, Furr High School, Brian K. Roberson II said. “I fundamentally believe that every solution for HISD and its communities are within our district boundaries already.” 

At Sharpstown High School, HISD police met with a group of students who shared their own perspectives on challenges for male students in the district, while sharing sustainable solutions to those challenges.  

“We had real conversations about real issues affecting our students,” Ascending to Men Program Manager Carlos Larios said. “We are very grateful to the panelist and facilitators from all walks of life for volunteering their time to identify solutions to problems our young men are facing.” 

For more information on Ascending to Men, or to become a mentor, call 713-556-8902 or visit