Students from HISD mentoring programs Ascending to Men (ATM) and Resilient Outstanding Sisters Exemplifying Success (ROSES) were celebrated during the May 20 virtual Youth Summit RISE: Realizing I’m Someone Exceptional.
Over 1,300 students from 56 HISD campuses joined the empowering event, celebrating students in persevering through a tumultuous year of challenges and adaptations. Two sessions, one for elementary students and one for secondary students were hosted, focusing on youth empowerment, leadership, and positive self-talk.
As he waited for the night to begin, Tyler Burgmon, a senior at North Forest High School, nervously adjusted a red rose pinned to the lapel of the first suit he’s ever owned.
A new suit can provide confidence and self-assurance, but for Tyler, a student enrolled in HISD’s Ascending to Men Project (ATMP), it stands for so much more.
“This suit is an extension of what ATMP does for you,” he said. “ATMP creates men; it creates a foundation where you can be safe in your community and build powerful bonds between brothers.”
The Houston Independent School District will host a special appreciation luncheon for the men and women who have served as mentors during the successful first year of the district’s Ascending to Men Project (ATMP).
The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, August 23 at the Boy Scouts of America Cockrell Scout Center (2225 N. Loop West, 77008).
Since it began last fall, the unique HISD program, which is open to male students, has provided academic, emotional, and social support to 1,088 students from 181 mentors.