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SHS Hosts First Ever Leadership & Empowerment Summit

Leadership Summit

A four-day workshop at Sycamore High School is empowering African American male students to achieve their dreams.

Over 30 students participated in the first-ever Leadership & Empowerment Summit June 25-28. The free event centered around post-secondary aspirations, helping students develop a sense of empowerment and confidence in their own abilities.

“Our goal is to provide positive African American role models and strong support structures to motivate young adult African American men to accomplish their dreams,” said Dr. Yejide Mack, Sycamore High School Assistant Principal.

The summit focused on leadership development, character development and improving and growing personally, socially, and academically.

“We want to provide these young male leaders with the supports necessary to help them work to their full potential and reach their goals and dreams," said Dr. Mack.

During the four-day event, students heard from local business and community leaders as well as Sycamore alumni including:

  • Michael Matthews, Regional Director of Business Development, Mercy Health (SHS Alumni 2002)
  • Brenden Archer, 2018 NCAA Track & Field All-American (SHS Alumni 2017)
  • Ricardo Hill, Head Basketball Coach, Walnut Hills High School
  • Willie “Trey” Avery, Curated Innovations Group
  • Jerome Byrd, MDiv, Pastor Good News Baptist Church
  • Aaron Davis, Branch Manager, WesBanco Bank
  • Tinashe Bere, Duke Alumni, (SHS Alumni 2014)
  • Dorron Hunter, Community Outreach Advocate
  • Joshua Hunter, Eli & Lily Pharmaceutical Sales Rep, (SHS Alumni 2013)
  • Otis Miller, Diversity Coordinator, Thomas Moore College (SHS Alumni 2012)
  • Hank Ray, Head Track & Field Coach, Sycamore High School
  • Antonio Davis, Lighthouse Youth Services