Minority summit held to prepare high school senior boys for future careers

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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - Local businesses and resources from around the state joined forces with Pitt Community College to host a summit for minority males who are high school seniors.

The M.A.I.N. Summit, or Males Addressing Issues and Needs, brought out 120 high school senior boys to Pitt Community College where organizers talked with them about their needs, goals, and issues they may face as minorities.

Organizers of the event say they wanted to empower these young men and show them how to avoid becoming a statistic.

They also talked about different options they have after graduation and career choices, whether or not they plan to pursue higher education.

They also taught them how to dress for different situations, the importance of dressing to impress, and even how to tie a tie.

The students who were at the day-long event say they were surprised by just how much they took away from the summit.

"I thought it was just going to be like stuff I had already heard about Pitt or stuff that I already knew about, statistics and stuff, but there were actually some different guys and different people that were telling me where they've been and what they've been through and it wasn't all the same thing," explains Jaquavion Bridges, a senior at D.H. Conely High School.

Event organizers say the students were very engaged in the discussions they held about different issues minorities face and how to overcome them.

The group says the main goal of the summit was to give these young men role models who can help guide them in the future.

There were quite a few local businesses who volunteered their time at Monday's event, including Campus Cuts Barber Shop. The owner gave free haircuts, but also says he took time to be there because it takes an entire community to come together and raise these young guys into men and help them become successful.

This was the first time Pitt Community College has hosted a summit like this and organizers say they hope to make this an annual event.