Four members of the EE Smith 100 Academy Mentoring program traveled to Houston Texas in June 4 – 7, 2015. The students attended the 29th Annual 100 Black Men Of America Inc. National Youth Leadership Conference. These students were members of the Junior Class at EE Smith High School in Fayetteville North Carolina. The trip was sponsored by the 100 Black Men Cape Fear Region Chapter and the TIPS Inc. organization.
The students experienced an Airplane flight (some for the first time), workshops dealing with teen issues, leadership and economic empowerment. Students visited the NASA Space Center and had an opportunity to observe the Mission Control Center of the space program. They met other mentees from across the country and discussed the activities that they were doing in their communities to help improve those communities. The students also listened to historical and motivational speakers like the honorable Ambassador Andrew Young an American politician, diplomat, activist, pastor, Congressman, United State Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor of Atlanta.
This trip was an exciting and educational trip for the students and they will share their experiences with the 100 Academy mentees during the upcoming school year.
The students were accompanied by Ms. Holly Vandyke the Social Worker at EE Smith High School and Mr. John W. Smith, Jr the Mentor of the 100 Academy Mentoring program at EE Smith and the President of TIPS INC.