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Summary: For 罗斯福 junior Brandon Johnson the African American Male Achievement’s Student Leadership Council provides a brotherhood.
When you are one of just a few students of color at your school, it may be difficult to find people who can empathize with your struggles. For 罗斯福高中 junior Brandon Johnson, the African American Male Achievement’s (AAMA) Student Leadership Council fills in the gap. The SLC Kings are the voice of their brothers who do not have one. The brotherhood provided by the program means a lot to him.
“I feel like I have a whole support group now outside of just my family,” Johnson said. “I consider a lot of these people here my family because I just feel close to them.”
正规的ob真人百家乐平台排行榜 welcomed the first AAMA Student Leadership Council (SLC) in January 2020. As a voice for African American males across the district, the SLC elevates student leaders who support each other at their schools, while also providing guidance to district leadership on priority initiatives of the AAMA Department.
为约翰逊, 拥立国王者的领袖, 和其他国王一样, 让他觉得很自在.
“I like the support group and the bond you can form with them,” he said. “Everyone is just easy to click with and talk to. It feels great; I love it.”
富兰克林 sophomore Chukundi Salisbury has a lot to say about the world, and the Kingmakers program is providing him with the chance to let his voice be heard.
Kingmakers is an elective program for Black male middle and high school students taught by Black male facilitators. 这个项目支持文化, 历史, 社会, and emotional needs of young Black boys and 青少年 as it relates to their identity.
“Kingmakers really gives me an outlet for a lot of 社会 issues that I see in my school or in my community,”索尔兹伯里说. “It gives me a place of refuge from a society that just doesn’t really care for me as much as [Kingmakers] do. I feel like what they give me is really just a place to rant about stuff that I see that 我想 be solved.”
Salisbury comes from a long line of activists. 他的祖母是哈里特·瓦尔登, who founded Mothers for Police Accountability, has dedicated her life to making sure law enforcement is held accountable for their actions. 他的父亲索尔兹伯里Chukundi Sr., is a longtime community advocate who ran for office in the state legislature in 2020. He said his son has always been outspoken and articulate.
“At home, we’ve helped establish him as a leader,” the elder Salisbury said about his son. “He’s definitely on his way and this program is a part of that.”
他的一部分, the sophomore Salisbury said being a Kingmaker is about being able to have a growth mindset and be yourself. He finds inspiration in the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who used his paintings as a tool for introspection and to attack racist systems.
“I really like … how he represents his art and how he has the crown on top of it to show the Black man as the king. 我觉得它真的代表了皇室, but not royalty in blood; royalty in overall community and strength.”
Davyea " Woody " King, 10年级
With a last name like his, Davyea “Woody” King was destined to become a Kingmaker. The 跨部门学院 sophomore believes the organization came along for him at just the right time.
“[Kingmakers] is helping me become a man,” he said. “Right now, I’m a boy trying to become a man. 作为我的老师，李先生. Emery [沃尔特斯] says, ‘We just gotta find our crowns. You have to take it out your pocket and rock it!’”
沃尔特斯, who has been with Kingmakers since its inception in 2017, said one of the things he speaks about with King is being “extraordinary.”
“I tell him you cannot get there by kicking it with ordinary folks,” 沃尔特斯 said. “他是我最老练的国王之一.”
While this is his first year working with Woody, 沃尔特斯 said it feels much longer because of the solid relationship they have developed. He describes Woody as someone who is always motivated to lead the class in discussion and guidance.
“I know great things are destined in this young man’s future,” 沃尔特斯 said.
To Woody, being a King means more than carrying the last name. It means taking care of your responsibilities, to get things done even when you don’t want to do them.
自2017年推出以来, Kingmakers has supported the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and 青少年, 通过, 授权, and encouraging Black male middle and high school students. The students are referred to as Kings, centering the program around brotherhood.