Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) – an initiative of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at UT-Austin – hosted the inaugural Project MALES Summer Academy on June 15-17, 2016. The three-day Summer Academy was open to young men from four Austin ISD middle schools (Garcia, Martin, Mendez and Webb). The first two days were held at Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy and the third day was held on the campus of UT-Austin.
The Project MALES Summer Academy featured three days of workshops and sessions that focused on building leadership skills, communication skills, and creative activities. Our focus on middle school boys is a key goal of our broader efforts focused on improving educational outcomes and opportunities for young males of color in the Central Texas region.
Highlights from our Summer Academy include:
- A day of workshops on Leadership Development, Brotherhood, and College and Career Readiness.
- Workshops on Creative Writing, Spoken Word, and Teatro.
- UT-Austin campus tour were students explored buildings and museums, visited laboratories, meet with University faculty and staff, and had lunch at Jester Cafeteria (UT residence hall).