HIGHLINE COLLEGE |Fri, Nov 15, 2019

Black & Brown summit offers change

By Cindy Roberts - Staff Reporter

Josias Jean-Pierre has attended the Black and Brown Summit 10 years in a row and thinks you should too.

"We are showing our black and brown boys what real authentic manhood looks like and we are showing them what it means to bounce back from a setback," said Jean-Pierre, a 2008 graduate of Highline.

The Summit is intended for young men of color who are striving to motivate themselves to hurdle barriers and excel in academics.

The event will be on Saturday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Building 8, the Student Union.

Featuring speakers and workshops, organizers say the goal of the summit is to help young men of color gain the ability to put their ego aside and work together to combat all stereotypes and perceptions.

Jean-Pierre said it worked for him.

"I received a level of hope that I could become anything I put my mind to. I believed I could create something and leave something behind," Pierre said. "Because of Black and Brown, I am an author, an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and educator."

From a few dozen attendees at the beginning, the summit has grown to host as many as 500 students at a time.

The summit event is free for all high school and college students. There will be speakers and workshops to inspire young black men to feel empowered and capable of success.

In the past, eighth grade students were allowed to attend the event. However, the summit is now reserved for high school and college students only.

Registration for the 2019 Summit opened Oct. 28 and closes Nov. 8 or when capacity is full.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided.

"Anyone coming to the event I want you to know to be ready to leave equipped, trained, and changed. The way you walk in won't be the same way you leave," said Jean-Pierre.

On Sunday, Nov. 17, is "The Takeover" Fundraising Banquet to raise money for scholarships. This event is a semi-formal banquet where an auction will take place.

Organizers are going to need auction items. If you would like to contribute, you can bring your item or items to either Rickitia Reid in Building 99, room 216, or the Highline Foundation in Building 99, room 242.

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