Educators, business professionals, teens and their parents will gather at the Bill Greehey Arena to celebrate a new year for "Inspire U" (formerly "Mentoring Matters"). The mentoring initiative was established in 2008 by Mayor Julian Castro to help at-risk teens achieve their dreams. Speakers will encourage teens to persevere and complete their education despite challenges.
"Inspire U" is a unique mentoring program that matches adult volunteers, through their employer, with middle and high school youth to assist them in becoming the first in their family to attend college. Students visit the mentors at the workplace and are introduced to exciting career and college building activities.