I’m Not the One! 2016!

I’m Not the One! 2016!

1 out 5 Black boys will not graduate high school and for those that do, 1 out of 2 will take longer than 4 years. Sadly, 1 out of 5 Black men between the ages of 15 and 29 will go to jail or prison and 1 in 1.2 deaths of Black men ages 15 to 24 will be homicide related. These statistics are striking and sad. Humble ISD is working to change these stats for the young Black men of our school district. I’m Not the One! is a day long conference that brings in community leaders and mentors to work with our young high men to teach them about these statistics and how they can break the cycle for themselves and their children!

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I’m Not the One! 2016!– All Black Male Conference Changing the Statistics for Humble ISD students On April 26, 2016, Humble High School will host the eigth annual one day conference for 200+ African American Male students from all across Humble Humble ISD.

We expect to see some returning faces from last year’s conference and welcome those new to our event. Each year’s conference make an impact, according to an email form one parent, “In essence, (My Son) now understands that no matter what plagues him or others like/around him, there is proof that nothing is impossible (no excuses); additionally, he realizes how one wrong decision can easily cause him to become a statistic. So thanks to you, Dr. Ned, and all who helped make the Black Male Conference possible and taught them how to avoid, if not, recover from the statistics that affect their type as they declare, “I Am NOT The One.” Please keep doing what you all do as you never know all the students who are impacted by the efforts and endeavors. If nothing else, know that a good seed was planted and one day students will look back in retrospect of what they heard” The theme of our conference is “I’m Not the One!” It is centered on the tragic statistics that represent the African American boys and men in this country today.

Roughly 1 out 2 (45%) of Black children ages 0-18 grow up without a positive male role model in the home, Half or 1 out 2 African American Men between the ages of 20 and 30 that did not attend college or university are non-custodial fathers. More than 1 out of 3 (36%) of Black children live below the poverty level. 1 out of 5 Black boys will drop out of high school and for those that manage to stay in school; over half will take more than the traditional 4 years to graduate. 1 out of every 3 Black males between the ages of 15 and 29 will go to jail or prison. And the most tragic of all is that over 86% of the deaths of Black males between the ages of 15 and 24 are homicide related! As you read through these statistics, you see that each is based on 1 out of something.

Our conference will give each of these 200+ young Black men the information and support they need to say, “I’m Not the One!”- I refuse to be a statistic! And then guide them to ensure that their children’s statistics won’t look so tragic. This event will give this group of students strong, positive Black male role models in the form of Key Note speakers and break-out session leaders (members of the local community and beyond have signed on to be a part of our event). Each of our speakers will come armed with lessons, experiences, and activities that are designed to help these boys first hear and understand these statistics and what they mean to them and then give guidance to change them for themselves, for their children, and for future generations! We hope to hear each of our student participants say, ”I won’t be a statistic!” , “I will be different!”, I will graduate high school, go to college, and become a success!”, I will set new standards for being a role model because….I’m Not the One!”

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