Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) and Con Mi MADRE (Mothers and Daughters Raising Expectations) co-hosted the 2017 Summer Leadership Camp on July 19-22, 2017. The four-day event was open to young men and women from Austin ISD middle and high schools. This year’s theme was “Resiliency Through Leadership.” The Summer Leadership Camp featured four days of workshops and sessions that focused on exploring the power of leadership and resilience through creative activities. Project MALES and Con Mi MADRE’s collective mission centers on improving educational outcomes and opportunities for young male and female students of color in the Central Texas region.
Throughout the Leadership Camp students had the opportunity to participate in creative writing workshops, documentary filmmaking, discussion groups, a “‘90s Old School” dance party at the Student Activity Center, and in an overnight stay with their family members at Jester Residence Hall. The camp was supported by the Kresge Foundation, the Alice and Michael Kuhn Foundation, and the Austin Independent School District.