About the Program
On Saturday, May 3rd, Channel View School for Research hosted their first annual Male Summit #I AM EMPOWERED! More than 120 young men from grades 6-12 gathered to discuss the meaning of empowerment.
The program began with musical performances by the talented young students of Channel View. They were welcomed by Principal Patricia J. Tubridy, and Mr. Paul Forbes, Director of ESI. Keynote speaker, Mr. Charles Barron, District Leader of the 60th Assembly challenged students to empower themselves and become leaders.
The young men then had the opportunity to choose two-50 minute workshops from a list of over fifteen. Students choose such topics as: Knowing your Rights, Success in the Box, How to Succeed in College, Having a Back Up Plan and Writing for Life. The topics spanned the areas of academic development, school culture and youth development. Some of the presenters were from the NYPD, Channel View alumni, ESI, Millennium Development, Hip Hop 4 Life, International Leadership Institute, (IYLI), former professional athletes and other school community based partners.
The culmination took place in the cafeteria with delicious hot food, engaging discussions, live student performances and a student pledge making a commitment to stay empowered.
Throughout the afternoon, students used Twitter, Instagram and other social media to document the highlights of the day. Visit #IAmEmpowered2014 to see highlights of this remarkable event!