Atlanta 11th grader and third-year Usher’s New Look Academy member, Ronald Streets, is using his voice to make a huge impact! This past Saturday, Ronald was a member of a panel discussion for the 2014 Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans, which took place at Morehouse college. The event, put on in conjunction with Ebony Magazine and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, addressed programs, policies and practices that result in safe, supportive and successful environments for boys and men of color. Consistent with President Obama’s recent launch of the ‘My Brother’s Keeper Initiative’, this panel highlighted the need to support boys and men of color with particular emphasis on the pipelines and pathways that are helping enchance the academic and workforce preparedness of African American male youth. During the discussion, Ronald addressed how participating in Usher’s New Look’s programs has guided him to achieve educational success, begin thinking about a career path that goes hand in hand with this talent and inspired him to give back to his community.
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Ronald Streets is engaged in addressing the educational disparity that black male youth face in the Gwinnett County School System. He has served numerous times as a panelist focused on black male youth, provided leadership skills training, is a member of Gwinnett SToPP and has received training in community activism at Advancement Project’s Action Camp 2.0. Ronald has been an active participant in New Look since he was in the 8th grade, and was selected to attend the Usher’s New Look World Leadership Conference in 2012. Through New Look, Ronald has gained a wealth of community service experience with the Turner Field Community Food Program, Emory’s Build Bikes for Tots, the Martin Luther King Freedom March, and the Atlanta Dream Team. New Look has also engaged Ronald in job shadowing for the Atlanta Dream Team Media Relations Department and The Coca-Cola Company. He is an aspiring musician and a club and sports participant in various sports including cross-country, track and field, wrestling, debate team, and the Reader Rally Club.
Ronald Streets is no doubt an inspiration to his peers at New Look and anyone who crosses his path. Check out these tweets from those who were able to hear him speak during the My Brother’s Keeper Panel Discussion! Keep inspiring, Ronald!