Tuesdays are special days for third and fourth grade boys at T.J. Austin Elementary School. These are the days they get to spend their lunchtime with new friends from the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at Texas College.
“We are here at T.J. Austin mentoring young boys through the Boyz2Men mentorship program,” Tristan Egans, fraternity member, said. “We are trying to do the best we can to show them what it takes to move forward in academics, or any other aspect of their life, to get to the point of college and profession after that.”
Nearly 20 students participate in the Boyz2Men program each week, where the Texas College students lead lessons to reinforce the school’s leadership habit of the week.
Through Boyz2Men, the fraternity hopes to encourage and empower T.J. Austin students to be the best they can be now, so they can be the best versions of themselves later.
“Today, I am hoping the students learn how to collaborate and work together, and actually see that they are capable of achieving a goal as long as they work together as a group.” Tristan said. “And, to just take their time and know that anything is possible if you plan ahead and create steps in order to achieve that common goal.”