Thursday, February 27, 2014

ESI Gentlemen's Group

New Design staff members and students work together to create a better academic and social environment. One of the innovative ways in which they do this is through the Gentlemen's or "Gents" group, sponsored by the Expanded Success Initiative (ESI). Founders of the group say the main idea behind the Gents group is to build community between young men of color through shared experiences. The gents build character and increase their self esteem by attending meetings, participating in workouts and going on group trips. The Gents meet every Wednesday after school and even have their own dress code to symbolize their place in the student body. Once a week the Gents wear ties to symbolize their membership in the group and to demonstrate their professionalism. Take a look at this video to learn more about the program.  The function of the group is to build community through shared experiences as young men of color, build character, and increase self-esteem.