It pleases me greatly that during a time that African American and Latino American inner city young men are being described as confused and spiritually ill, we are getting it right. I am proud to illustrate the relevance to the relationships we have cultivated. This blog is representative of our effort. It hopefully will provide an explanation and offer greater understanding of our collective accomplishment. In this account, hopefully you are apprised of what you have done to assist our young men to enter an experience that is certainly not promised. I have chronicled this for you to continue to work toward our goal of changing lives. The major theme is that we are winning and it strongly implies that the events evidenced are written and designed as examples to observe and continue.
I have had the distinct pleasure of serving in several capacities here at “The Verb” over the course of my tenure and one-thing remains constant; our young men are focused and, in most cases, well prepared to accept the challenges that lie beyond Verbum Dei High School when they graduate. This observation comes to mind by way of a recent visit to Cal State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). Verbum Dei High School College Guidance Coordinator Mrs. Bowie and I served as chaperones for several Verb Gentlemen who were identified as campus leaders and were invited to participate in The Third Annual Male Success Alliance Spring Summit: Saving Lives and Salvaging Dreams. As soon as we arrived on the campus we were greeted by two Verb Graduates working as CSUDH student advisers for the conference. The Male Success Alliance Founder and President David Lopez 06’ and Mariano Rojo 11’ stepped on board our bus and welcomed us.
The goal of the conference was to partner with local high schools to raise awareness and promote success. We spent most of the day finding out how to improve our educational experiences and reach our goals in life. We were encouraged to connect with other students who shared our common goals and to build a support system that will be a part of our success in the future. This was the start to believing differently about ourselves so that we can reach our full potential. We encountered people from other schools who were totally excited and motivated. Although I was truly delighted and inspired by the presentation I spent a great deal of the time throughout the day making observations, drawing suppositions, doing comparison and contrast exercises. This all lead me to the same understanding… Damn We’re Good! The whole of the Verbum Dei community would have been equally proud of the way our young men presented themselves while representing The Verb. As a result of the experiences and the influence The Verb offers, our young men set themselves apart. They were distinguished, well dressed, well educated, well spoken, and extremely mature. Several of the other partner school representatives approached me asking, “From what school are your boys?” “Oh… Verbum Dei… they are so well behaved and attentive too!” “I knew they were students from a private school.”
I encourage everyone (students, faculty, staff, donors, board members, volunteers, etc.) to reflect on your Verbum Dei experiences and think about what they mean to you, perhaps there are a number of ways in which you can consider yourself to be ultimately blessed, and in some situations having the opportunity to bless others through your blessings. I truly believe God has an out of this world blessing in store for me! A universal blessing, that is inclusive with the effort and energy that each of us within the Verbum Dei High School community can share. I want each of you to know that we have gotten the chance to witness the transition and transformation of our young men and I am truly grateful for all of those who have contributed to the goal of getting our boys ready for greater understanding. We in our own unique way have asked God to reveal to us in detail the signs of the increased growth of his kingdom. Although it is not always evident to me when I am self-reflecting it is truly a blessing to witness our collective effort and the evidence that God is moving, in the manifestation of our boys. Keep up the good work! Peace…