Students learn the power of HIStory at RISE! Male Empowerment Conference

Posted: February 18, 2020

Newport News Public Schools hosted RISE!, the Power of HIStory, a Male Empowerment Conference on Feb. 8 at Heritage High School. The free conference was open to all male NNPS students in grades 8 to 11.

The goal of the second annual conference was to equip male students for emotional, social, academic and future success. Designed specifically for young men by men (graduating high school seniors and community leaders), the high energy conference included dynamic presentations, a panel discussion, interactive breakout sessions and workshops for parents and caregivers. The opening session featured NNPS Superintendent Dr. George Parker, who founded the annual conference. Robert Jackson, motivational speaker and educational consultant, moderated a panel discussion and delivered the keynote address. Jackson is a former educator and the author of six books, including his latest release, "Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students."

Throughout the day, participants attended workshop sessions including Social Media: Power & Prejudice; Overcoming Your Fears; The Scholar Student; Shifting the Culture; Call Me Mister; Buy Back the Block; and more. Breakout sessions for parents and caregivers shared information about college preparation and scholarship opportunities, communication, nutrition and more.