Forward Promise will proudly serve as the lead sponsor of the inaugural Student Innovator Awards during the 2017 Gathering of Leaders, hosted by the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC). The annual Gathering of Leaders, taking place this year in Austin, Texas, April 26-28th, brings together educational leaders from throughout the U.S. for professional development and exchange around supporting the needs of boys and young men of color in educational settings.
The COSEBOC Student Innovator Awards will be given to high school youth from Texas who embody the conference’s 2017 theme, Boys and Young Men of Color: Innovators, Creators & Game Changers. The Student Innovator Awards are specifically tailored to male students of color – African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic, Native American, and Multiracial – enrolled in grades 9-12 in a Texas district, charter, alternative, vocational/technical, faith-based, or private school.
Student awardees will:
- Receive a $1,000 scholarship
- Be honored at the 2017 COSEBOC Awards Breakfast during the Gathering of Leaders in April in Austin
- Participate in the two-day Young Men’s Passage and a post-event, direct service opportunity
- An additional $1,000 scholarship if they decide to attend Huston-Tillotson University awarded by the university
“When we learned of the opportunity to sponsor this particular part of the COSEBOC conference, we immediately knew it would fit well with Forward Promise’s mission and values,” said Howard Stevenson, Forward Promise’s director. “It’s a worthwhile investment in the future of the young men who will receive these awards, as well as those who will be impacted and inspired by them.”
COSEBOC’s mission to connect, inspire, support and strengthen school leaders dedicated to the social, emotional and academic development of boys and young men of color also aligns with Forward Promise’s mission to create healthy villages that surround boys and young men of color. This sponsorship opportunity is one of the ways Forward Promise will collaborate and partner with the many organizations that are creating the systems and spaces for boys and young men of color to heal, grow and thrive. Visit coseboc.org to learn more about the organization.