Professional Role Models Inspire At-Risk Youth to Succeed

More than 175 high school students meet their potential future during this half-day summit at San Diego Mesa College. Following an inspiring talk by MiraCosta College President Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, the students break into groups for personal discussions with African American and Latino role models.

PHOTO OPS: Young men dressed for success, learning, interacting one-on-one with each other and professional African American and Latino role models.

When/Where:  Friday, March 9, 2012 • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Mesa College G-101 and various rooms (see program below; best time talk with students directly is during the lunch/closing session)

Who:   175 African American and Latino male high school students, inspirational speakers, and career professionals who will lead workshops. High schools represented: Madison, Kearny schools, Mission Bay, Clairemont, Patrick Henry, Mark Twain, and the MET (located on the grounds of Mesa College).

Keynote Speaker:   Students will hear remarks by Dr. Francisco Rodriguez, superintendent/president of the MiraCosta Community College District. Following, student participants will attend breakout sessions led by professional male African American and Latino role models/mentors. Educators will attend a Community Forum on practical solutions for supporting the academic success of African American and Latino males, facilitated by Dr. Steven Jones, diversity and organization change counselor and CEO of Jones & Associates Consulting.

Why:  The Summit is designed to address the ever increasing problem of declining college enrollment of African American and Latino male students in higher education.  The Summit was by Mesa College created in direct response to startlingly low success rates of African American and Latino males in San Diego and across the nation. African American and Latino males have a higher rate of not completing high school, and incarceration. The numbers show that fewer seek post-secondary education, and those that do have a higher fail rate.

What:   The summit promotes higher education and career opportunities to students who are underrepresented and/or underprepared in these occupations.                                                 

Launched in 2007, was the first summit of its kind in California and has been emulated throughout the state. The summit’s goal is to empower, educate and support African American and Latino young men in the pursuit of their professional and personal endeavors. A unique feature of the summit is the small workshops/breakout sessions led by successful professional role models; students rate this as one of their favorite and beneficial sessions. The summit is open to all interested high school students.