|What:||Please join us for a special celebration honoring students who have successfully completed a 16-week intense self-identification mentoring series.|
|Who:||Advising Generation Z is a social skills mentoring program divided into two branches: Lipstick Ready for girls and Mr. Responsible for boys. Facilitated through local school districts in the DFW area, its purpose is to give students real answers to real issues at school. Read more.|
|When:||January 22, 2016 at 10:00am-2:00pm|
|Where:||SPARK! Dallas at 1409 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX, 75215|
|Why:||Guest Speakers Include: Gina Grant (Women That Soar), Jose Villasenor (Irving ISD At Risk and Responsive Services), Garrett Landry (Dallas ISD Director of Special Projects, School Leadership), Jean-Jacques Taylor (Disney and ESPN Media Networks), and Brandi Sewell (Supervisor at Texas Department of Family Protective Services).|
|About:||AGZ will be honoring 120 students from Travis Middle School, Singley Academy, Timberview High School, Sam Houston High School, and Clara Oliver Prep Elementary who have successfully completed a 16-week intense self-identification mentoring series. During this guided series, the students have learned how to articulate the issues they are battling. AGZ creates a safe zone for students to share one of the following traumatic situations: self-harm, rape, death, eating disorders, CPS, foster care, bullying, abandonment, divorce, or being involved in the juvenile justice system. The purpose of the self-identification series is to bring a sense of unity to students and their peers by encouraging each participant to admit then deal with their mistakes, misfortune, and family struggles. By embracing the good and bad things in their lives, the students have learned how to use their pain to motivate them to overcome adversity and achieve great things. During this celebration, the students will get a chance to hear personal testimonies from local community leaders and will have the opportunity to inspire kids suffering emotionally by sharing their testimonies through a personalized art project that will be donated to Henry Wade Detention Center and Mosaic Family Services.
Special Guest Appearance: Mayor David Cook will give the closing ceremony speech.