LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin organization is working to encourage more minority teens to seek higher education.
"It has really made me feel good to help these kids," Amanda Smith, the LISD digital learning specialist said.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, that's why mentors spent their Saturday morning educating East Texas youth on life after high school.
"College is in their future," Monique Nunn, a SFA project director said. "As I told the students in that room, everyone in there I believe is college ready."
Not only was this year's 'Building Bridges Summit' about furthering minority teens education, but it also was about expanding their options.
"Students that don't see these kinds of things, and aren't involved in these kinds of things, get to see what they can do," Smith said. "They can bring more diversity and culture to these classes and have different opinions."
Students got to learn about robotics and coding, which peaked a lot of their interest.
"It has been really fun because I learned that if you want to achieve something, you need to go try it before you judge it," Nick Moore, a 6th grader said. "I learned a lot about robotics. The people here have been helping me understand the concept to all of this stuff."
"I learned how we can make our own games," Marquavinn Jones, a 6th grader said. "It was so fun."
To make sure students really grasp this message, summit organizers brought out several NFL athletes from East Texas, who surely kept them interested.
"I came back to speak to my youth and give them a message about staying out of trouble, creating a plan, and for them to know that once you leave school, how real the world is," Jorvorskie Lane, a Tampa Bay Buccaneer said.
"I want them to seize the moment, and take advantage of opportunities," Jermichael Finley, a former Green Bay Packer, said. "If you've got someone to come out here and talk to you, listen."
The pro athletes gave words of inspiration, making sure students know that there are no limits to what they can do.
"Don't worry about what the next person tells you, you control your own destiny," Lane said.