'Stay Woke' summit held at MCC for young men of color

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FLINT (WJRT) - (11/11/17) - A youth summit was held at Mott Community College Saturday. The goal is to help bridge the achievement gap between young men of color and their white counterparts.

Keynote speaker Dr. Adolph Brown, III is a master teacher CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation.

"The overall theme of this summit is to help youth become conscious of opportunities that lie ahead but also help them really realize the challenges that lie ahead as well," Brown said.

According to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, 68% of African American men who start college do not graduate within six years. MCC highlighted this statistic to show a need for their Closing the Achievement Gap initiative.

High school student Eric Owens, II intends to defy that statistic.

"I feel like I can prove them wrong, and I feel like all my people who came out here on this early morning want to do something to prove them wrong, too," he said.

MCC also highlights another startling statistic. According to their data, 6.6% of black men complete an academic degree or certificate within six years at MCC, compared to a 17.1% completion rate by white men within the same time frame.

Technology guru Javier Trejo also addressed the packed room at the event center. He talked from the heart about his experiences as a Mexican teenager receiving a public education in America.

This event was free and open to the public. Check out the links in the related section for more information on Awaken My Youth: Stay Woke! A Summit Supporting Male Diversity in Education.

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