Kennesaw Mountain High School hosted the first Cobb County Male Youth Summit on Feb. 16. The conference brought together male mentor groups from schools across the District to help motivate Cobb’s young men to be positive leaders in their community and to make positive connections within their peer group.
Bernice King, youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a keynote address discussing the need for young leaders. She challenged the young men in attendance to take charge of their destiny and avoid temptations that often keep young people from reaching their goals (Ms. King is pictured above with KMHS principal Dr. Kevin Daniel and assistant principal Ashley Hosey).
Student representatives from McEachern High, Harrision High, Marietta High, Pebblebrook High (pictured above), Kell High, Osborne High, Kennesaw Mountain High, McClure Middle, Marietta Middle, Garrett Middle, Lindley Middle, and Birney Elementary were on hand for the summit.
The theme of the conference was “Stand Up and Be Counted! Be A Leader. Each school’s mentor group is working to help minority males achieve academically, socially, and to begin to build brighter futures for themselves. Although this year’s summit was focused on the male groups, KMHS assistant principal Ashley Hosey foresees the program expanding to involve both male and female mentor groups.