Congressman Al Green (TX-09) hosted students from several Houston-area high schools who attended his Town Hall Youth Summit where he talked about the importance of getting a good education and encouraged them to graduate.
More than 200 students from Westbury High School, Madison High School, Sterling High School, Worthing High School and the Houston CAN Academy gathered at Westbury High School’s campus where they learned about studying techniques, test-taking skills and strategies to prepare for the job market, among other topics.
“Everyone here is talented and this event will help you develop your talent and give it exposure, so that in the future you can take your place among the leaders of the world,” stated the Congressman when he delivered his opening remarks.
Dr. Larry Marshall, HISD Trustee Board President, emphasized that the world is changing to become even more competitive and staying in school is crucial for future success. “Our nation is changing in terms of opportunities for young people,” he commented.
After the event’s opening, the students participated in several different workshops facilitated by professional educators, community leaders and local celebrities, such as Dr. James M. Douglas, Executive Vice President at Texas Southern University (TSU); Stacey White, an administrative social worker at Neighborhood Centers; Jose Grinan, news anchor for FOX-26 KRIV-TV; and R&B singer-songwriter Letoya.
TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law’s Dr. Marcia Johnson, who was one of the main organizers of this project, emphasized the need for the new generation to know that their leaders care about them. “Congressman Al Green sincerely cares, and this type of program speaks to that. Our children have to realize that they must compete with students from all over the world. These students must be prepared as they enter the workforce and this event is the first step towards preparedness.”
The attendants also had an opportunity to meet with multiple vendors and speak with them about academic options and career opportunities. The vendors included: Houston Community College, Texas Southern University. Texas School of Business, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the United States Army and the Universal Technical Institute (UTI).
“Education has always been important, but in a globalized economy, new technologies are making it even more relevant because there is much more competition nowadays. To have a chance at succeeding, it is essential that our youth are conscious of the relevance of staying in school and graduating,” Congressman Al Green indicated at the conclusion of the event.
This was the first year Congressman Al Green organized the “Rise Above” event and his collaborators included: The African American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, Texas Southern University (TSU), TSU Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy, Project LIFT, and Houston Works USA.