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Alief asst. principal empowers, inspires boys and young men of color to aim high

HOUSTON – The assistant principal at Hicks Elementary in Alief Independent School District is on a campaign to encourage and empower college students, serving to them to aim high not solely by way of phrases however motion, by making a tradition for fulfillment in and out of college.

Do you count on to stay previous your twenty first birthday? If so, what is going to you be doing? That’s the question Kendrick Thomas is asking a gaggle of third and 4th grade boys.

“These young men are vulnerable and they are looking for someone to lead them. You could let them go to the streets or you can step in,” Thomas stated.

Seven years in the past, Thomas created the “Gentleman Represent Education and Transition Boys Club” or GREAT, as a approach to join with, encourage and assist underprivileged college students. They meet each Thursday morning for 45 minutes.

“Turning around the culture of what kids see themselves as. I think about my upbringing of no dad in the house … mom going to jail. These are a lot of their truths,” Thomas stated.

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His mission: Address and assist them overcome the disparities and inequities they face, partly, by opening their eyes and exposing the scholars to the world round them to issues they could in any other case not get the possibility to expertise.

“A lot of the times the kids I’m working with haven’t left Alief. We’re thinking about how we can give these kids the background to equal the playing field. We do a baseball game every year. We also do a play downtown. It’s the experience to say, I was there,” Thomas stated.

To unfold his message in hopes of partaking the group, Thomas should put on many hats. He’s an educator, public speaker, an authorized life coach, podcaster, radio present host and mentor.

“He is a great motivator,” stated Danielle Carter.

Once a school dropout, Carter, a Kindergarten instructor at Hicks, stated she is going to always remember how a lot Thomas inspired her on her journey towards incomes a Master’s diploma whereas finding out to be an authorized instructor. He lately had Carter, who grew up in Third Ward and graduated from Jack Yates High School, as a visitor on one of his podcasts.

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“He just wanted people to hear the story … to know about the journey. You don’t have to be what society says you have to be. You can be who you want to be,” Carter stated.

Thomas stated it’s important for college students to know that studying a commerce is simply as essential as getting a four-year school diploma. For that resonate, it has to be about extra than simply phrases.

“So then how do you set youngsters up for that? by attain out to the group members which have already been in these positions and bringing these group members in to discuss their experiences, “Thomas stated.

Shaping and guiding them on a path towards a brighter future.

If you’d like to study extra about Kendrick Thomas, try his web site: ktteev.com

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