High school boys prep for Minority Male Student Engagement Conference

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – More than 100 central Indiana high school boys are spending the day on a college campus — hoping to soak up some life-changing knowledge.

It’s a pre-event program for students taking part in the 2017 Minority Male Student Engagement Conference. Workshops focus on career choices, college admissions, mentorship and leadership.

Organizers will also award scholarships, laptops and gift cards. Part of the theme for the conference is “No More Excuses”. The conference is at the Ivy Tech campus on North Meridian Street.

The students are also learning how to find the right mentor to help guide them into the profession they are interested in. Most of the students have already made career choices, but some remain undecided.

Senior Brandon Hunter is one of the many students attending the conference from Arsenal Technical High School.

He and mother visited Central State University recently, where he plans to attend this coming fall. He will be one of the first people in his immediate family to attend college.

Hunter has not let being raised in a single parent home become an excuse for not doing well in school.

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“I take it as being raised in a poor, poverty, environment”, said the high school senior. “All that should be motivation instead of being an excuse of you saying, I can’t do this…can’t say can’t in a man’s vocabulary”.

Hundreds more students will go to the conference tomorrow and hear from speakers like former Colt Robert Mathis and Pacer Glenn Robinson.

The conference registration fee is $20.00, but proprietor Robert Jackson has made provisions for those families who can’t afford the fee. Jackson has also partnered with several corporations to make sure the students have meals and dozens of giveaways during the conference.