On Monday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., the University of Houston-Victoria will host its second spring Boys Academy. Designed to foster leadership skills, positive self-esteem and educational goal-setting among eighth-grade boys, the event is organized twice yearly by UHV’s Letting Education Achieve Dreams initiative.
UHV expects 60 boys from seven counties—Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Refugio and Victoria—to participate in the event. Dr. Deidra Hudson, wife of UHV President Tim Hudson, will welcome them to campus with the opening address.
Morning activities will include breakout sessions focusing on career planning and success skills. They will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Frank Castillo of Dow Chemical Company, Justin Earley of KAVU News, and Roque Hernandez of Memorial High School. Other area business and community leaders will join the attendees for lunch.
The afternoon will feature a science presentation by Dow Chemical engineers Kathy Hunt, Jose Robles, Danny Cano and Samuel Navarro. Cheryl Shamburger and Gerianne Newman of the Region III Educational Service Center will present a “True Colors” activity designed to build the students’ interpersonal skills.
The Alcoa Foundation generously funds the UHV Boys Academy through a grant. For more information, contact LEAD program coordinator Kerry Mix at (361) 570-4817.