Fisk’s THRUST (To Harness, Retain, Understand, Sustain and Teach) summer program for middle school youth welcomed LeMonz McDaniel for a special lecture sponsored by the Metro Nashville Sheriff’s Office’s Gang Prevention Unit.
“Sometimes life will give you second chances, but it is important that we learn to make good decisions the first time,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel, who grew up in Nashville, shared his experiences of being involved with gangs in his teen years to transforming his life by becoming an honors student and college graduate. McDaniel emphasized the importance of constructively dealing with feelings of anger and abandonment as well as prioritizing academics as well as constructive extra-curricular activities.
Fisk THRUST initiative engages and prepares Nashville area middle school students for success in math and the natural sciences. In addition to tutoring, THRUST’s summer sessions are noted for supplementing the academic offerings with athletics, field trips and featured speakers. Notable guests at the THRUST and GUSTO summer session have included former Tennessee Titan Eddie George and state health commissioner Susan R. Cooper.
“Our goal is to identify talented and gifted students among the economically challenged, under-represented, or undeserved population in our schools,” said Isaac Thompson, the program’s director. “We also want to provide students of great academic potential who seek better academic achievement with the skills, motivation, and resources necessary for success.”