The 2014 Step-Up Boys Summer Summit was an incredible
success. Over 50 young men from the
Northwest Suburban consortium districts spent a week at the University of St.
Thomas Minneapolis Campus. This
intensive educational experience helped prepare these just graduated 8th
graders for high school by focusing on four key educational concepts: Aspirations, Expectations, Opportunities, and
These young men heard from four leaders of the community who
spoke of their experiences in life, high school, sports, college, and
business: Bill Woodson, assistant dean
of the St. Thomas Opus College of Business; Jimmy Nyembwe, Student Acievement
Advisor at Anoka-Hennepin School District; Chato Alvardo, Coach/Player Development
Administrator at Minnesota Youth Soccer Association; and Bill Welle,
Owner/Director of Welle Fast Elite Sports Training.