Black. Bold. Brilliant. These words united the 97 African-American young men and 40 community volunteers annual YES Prep Brotherhood Summit on April 7. In one session, “The Breakdown: Media Consumption and its Effects,” the young men analyzed their consumption of media and discussed the positive and negative effects. In another, “My Brother’s Keeper: Black Male Retention at YES Prep,” students identified reasons Black male students withdraw from YES Prep, discussed the benefits and potential barriers of affinity spaces, and created a four-week plan to create and maintain a campus-based, Black male affinity group.
Jamal Hanney, a senior at Jack Yates High School, took the photos below.