Cesar Chavez High School Young Men Hear From Powerful and Successful Men of Color

Posted by Community Relations on 12/3/2014

Over 50 Cesar Chavez High School young men had the opportunity to hear from six powerful and successful men of color, regarding their roads to success in life November 18 at the school. Panelists included Mr. Alonzo Jones, ASU’s Dean of Students; Dr. Ray Ostos, District Director for Student Affairs at Maricopa Community Colleges; Mr. Prentice Moore, President of 100 Black Men organization; and Dr. Greg Tucker, Inventor of The Electric Battery Bike Org. These men shared how they overcame obstacles to achieve their goals as well as the importance of representing oneself as a positive role model to younger siblings and the community.

This forum provided Chavez young men with the opportunity to connect with positive male role models who not only look like them but have faced similar challenges, such as growing up in poverty and single parent homes, the hurdles of first generation college students, and the fear of failing. Students were inspired by the personal testimonies of the speakers and left the session with the message that succeeding in life is possible even in the face of impediments. Successful men who have walked the same obstacle-laden road showed our students that failure is actually an opportunity to succeed.

The counseling department, and Greater Phoenix Urban League facilitated the event.