LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -After seeing African American students were not represented in certain programs at school, the Lufkin High School Administration created the Soul To Soul Initiative.
It is something senior Adam Holden says is a great resource for his peers.
"Me...playing sports...I’ve been around guys that maybe just focus on their athletic abilities and maybe not what they can do in a classroom, and then by the time it comes around to where they start getting recruited, they aren’t eligible to be recruited by certain schools,” said Holden.
The program provides students with resources on student athlete academic success, historically black colleges and universities, and a school to prison pipeline, meant to end the cycle of incarceration.
"African Americans are known as entertainers; you don’t really see doctors, you don’t see lawyers, you don’t see chefs, you don’t see anything like [that],” said Summers.
As for Holden, he credits his mother for pushing him to be successful.
"She had to work really hard growing up and she had to do somethings that were different than what I had to do, and she made sure that I was prepared to be the best I could be to be able to go to a college,” said Holden.
Holden is a football and baseball athlete, member of the National Honor Society, active in his community and will be attending Texas State University on a full academic scholarship.
He says he is hopeful that students will take advantage of the program and utilize the tools to help set them up for success.
"Even though it may be difficult right now, and you may not want to do certain things right now, you can’t limit yourself thinking about the short picture you have to prepare yourself for the long run,” said Holden.
Students and parents are all invited to attend the Soul to Soul Program on Monday, January 14 at the Lufkin High School Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.