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HISD virtual youth summit celebrates over 1,300 youth leaders

Marisol Gallagher

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HOUSTON — Students that participated in HISD mentorship programs, Ascending to Men (ATM) and Resilient Outstanding Sisters Exemplifying Success (ROSES), were celebrated at the RISE: Realizing I’m Someone Exceptional virtual Youth Summit on May 20.

The event drew over 1,300 students from 56 HISD campuses, celebrating students who had persevered through a challenging year of difficulties and adjustments. Youth empowerment, leadership, and positive self-talk were the main focus of the sessions of the summit.

Attendees heard from a panel of peer students who shared their own experiences and best practices on well-being, social-emotional health, and leadership. Guest speaker Bianca Rosales discussed affirmations and the importance of being proud of one’s identity and background. Meanwhile, another guest speaker, Chicago-based artist and entrepreneur Dwight White, gave suggestions on navigating change, community involvement, and identifying one’s “superpowers.”

“It is such a wonderful opportunity to be able to celebrate our students after the unprecedented year they have faced. We are so grateful for our mentors, community, team and all of supporters that take the time to invest in the lives of our students to help them reach their full potential,” said Candice Castillo, Executive Director of Equity and Outreach.

“I enjoyed and appreciated the Youth Summit because I got to listen to the accomplishments people have experienced in their lives, especially the artist, Dwight White who is originally from Houston. It was really inspiring, and it motivated me to continue my passion of singing and be part of the Lobo Choir. I also liked that we go to have an active role in choosing the winners for the Student Talent Show,” said Chavez High School sophomore E. Williams.

For more information about HISD mentorship programs, please contact equityandoutreach@HoustonISD.org or call 713-556-8902.

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