Introspect Youth Services, Inc., a community-based youth agency based on the West Side, recently took more than 40 students from Michele Clark Magnet High School and Austin College Prep and Career Academy on a tour of several southern colleges. 

The students, who were all male, toured the campuses of Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Alabama A&M and Alabama State. 

They also explored the National Memorial and Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Ala., which explores the history of lynching. The students also visited the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., which showcases artifacts of the U.S. space program. 

“After meeting with parents and family of the students, the community was in full support of [Introspect] and their efforts to provide college exposure and cultural enrichment to our future male leaders,” Introspect officials noted in a statement. 

“[Introspect] recognizes the scarcity of the black male on college campuses and immediately addresses the problem with college exposure, immersing male students in college life with campus tours, collegiate presentations and dining with former IYS students.” 

Introspect is planning to sponsor more college trips for male and female students of more West Side schools in April. 

For more info., contact Bernard Clay, Introspective’s executive director, at (773) 287-2290.

Community Editor