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African American Male Summit

I am the dreamThe African American Male Summit (AAMS) is an annual program to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The program is open to males in grades 5-12 along with their parents and community partners. Participants engage in breakout sessions focused on academic excellence, teambuilding and leadership development. The program provides an opportunity for parents to learn about division initiatives and community resources. Participants are exposed to historically black universities and other post-secondary opportunities through an extensive exhibition. This year’s summit yielded 600 students that pre-registered to attend, which is the largest number of pre-registrants in the past two years. The AAMS was highlighted in the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) 24th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia's public schools. Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) is one of 44 school divisions from across the Commonwealth that has programs featured in the directory.

Beach Girls Rock Empowerment Series

Beach Girls RockBeach Girls Rock (BGR) is an empowerment series offered three times during the school year for girls in grades 5-8. The workshops are hosted and planned by high school students, staff and and division-wide committee. The high school leaders plan and facilitate the sessions with the support of staff. BGR is designed to develop and enhance and empower girls to become strong, successful women emotionally and academically. The series provides opportunities for girls to identify themselves as valuable, powerful, and capable young women in their respective schools and community.

Diversity Ambassadors Workshop

 Diversity Ambassadors Workshop (DAW) offers an opportunity to provide cultural awareness knowledge, skills and tools to our middle and high school students, alongside club advisors in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. The engaging DAW activities support the goals of our School Board and division’s core values based on a culture of respect for every student, every day. Students who successfully complete the workshop have the tools to lead as Diversity Ambassadors and will work within their school and community to become models and champions of cultural diversity. The DAW is provided in partnership with Tidewater Community College (Norfolk) through planning, facilitation and evaluation.

Making Waves Mentoring Program

Making Waves Mentoring ProgramThe Making Waves Mentoring Program ensures that all students benefit from an educational experience that fosters their social and emotional development. The program provides central office staff a unique opportunity to mentor a student across our 86 schools and centers to support students’ social/behavioral/emotional growth during an entire school year. During the 2019-2020 school years, fifteen Making Waves mentors were selected to participate in this program. Our mentors commit to spending at least two hours a month with their assigned mentee on school grounds.