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Urban Scholars Houston

Male youth of color learn to advocate for themselves, and their communities by participating in culturally relevant curriculum and by receiving academic support.

In 2018 our Urban Scholars program expanded to Houston in partnership with the Houston chapter of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative launched during the Obama administration to help youth of color achieve academic and career success. Urban Scholars participants receive the tools and resources to build knowledge of self for personal transformation, develop critical consciousness and achieve academic success.

Currently our Houston program has enrolled 55 students throughout the following schools: Attucks Middle School, Sam Houston High School, and Phyllis Wheatley High School. Since the start of the program, students have had the opportunity to engage in college tours to the University of Houston-Downtown, attend the Smart’n Up! Black Male Summit, and watch a play at the Ensemble Theatre on the life of Muhammad Ali. They have also participated in the 3rd Annual Men of Color Collegiate Symposium at the University of Houston-Downtown and are learning computer design in partnership with instructors from Rice University’s Office of STEM Engagement.

Mr. Nyofu and Mr. Mikhael Mitchell, instructor, are with the Attucks MS Urban Scholars who participated in the Smart’n Up! Black Male Summit held at Lone Star College. Scholars engaged discussions related to the importance of education, perseverance to reach goals and taking advantage of opportunities to improve their lives. (11/9/19)