Nearly 80 Fort Worth ISD seniors will accept their high school diplomas this week wearing stoles representing cultural pride and personal academic accomplishment as part of their graduation garments.
At a special ceremony May 22, 78 young men participating in the District’s “My Brother’s Keeper” (MBK) program received the stoles for completing at least 60 percent of their MBK chapter meetings and the FAFSA and Apply Texas applications. This marks the largest MBK graduating class to date.
Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and FWISD Board of Education Trustees Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr. and Quinton “Q” Phillips gave remarks at the recent ceremony, hosted at Texas Christian University’s Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Center.
This is the second year MBK participants have received stoles to celebrate their accomplishments and completion of the program.
Students identifying as African American received a stole of Kente material, which origins date back 300 years to the African nation of Ghana. Students identifying as Latinx received Serape stoles, which are generally colorful wool shawls or blankets worn by men of Latin descent.
Launched in 2014, MBK is a national initiative addressing persistent opportunity gaps boys and young men of color face and ensure all youth reach their full potential.
Fort Worth ISD has 17 MBK high school chapters that meet weekly for discussions -- sometimes with community leaders and role models -- on cultural history and consciousness, personal growth, leadership development, college preparation, career choices and community involvement.
Click here to learn more about the District’s MBK programs.
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