Hinkley’s African-American Students Prove Empowerment is Key

IMG_4964African-American students at Hinkley High School are inspiring their peers to maximize their potential. The young leaders, who formed an African American Male Empowerment Committee, African American Male Empowerment Leadership Team and Strong African American Female Empowerment group, are making waves in the community.

Recently, several AAME Committee and SAAFE members hosted a student activist panel at Metropolitan State University’s Black World Conference. The students were hailed as sources of strength and did such a phenomenal job that they were invited to share their voices at next year’s event.

The AAME Committee will also present at the National Education Association’s Leadership Conference in Orlando for the second consecutive year to share the great work they do. One example of this work is Hinkley’s third annual AAME summit the committee partnered with AAMLT to host.

With the same commitment to empower others, Hinkley’s AAMLT established quarterly meetings with younger classmen to discuss attendance, grades, challenges and achievements. The group also hosted a Black to School Bash, co-planned Black History Month festivities with SAAFE and presented at the Colorado School Counselor Association conference.

These young men and women are guided by adult role models who provide safe environments for the students to grow in. In the near future, the students will job shadow a few mentors to learn about more possibilities.

APS is proud of each group for striving to enhance their lives and the lives of others. The students’ efforts are great examples of the APS 2020: Shaping the Future strategic plan core belief that students take an active and ongoing responsibility for their learning. Go, T-Birds!

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