Power Hour: Akili Student Council Hosts Discussion with Local Professionals


DSC_0219On December 2, Akili Academy hosted its first “Power Hour,” a lunch and discussion time between working professionals and students. Power Hour is part of an ongoing effort across all of the schools in the Crescent City Schools network to provide students with more opportunities to learn about different career paths. Akili’s Student Council, comprised of seventh and eighth grade students, prepared for Power Hour by researching the backgrounds of each invited guest.

The working professionals invited to Akili Academy came from a range of industries such as technology, finance, medicine, and the nonprofit sector. Participants included: Torrey Fingal, Site Director at Juma Ventures; Elder Gwin, a Corporate Banker with Whitney Bank; Dr. Eric Griggs, a physician and well-known health educator; and Alex Reed, the CEO and President of Advanced Polymer Monitoring Technologies (APMT).

DSC_0220Once the Power Hour participants shared their own stories and responded to student questions, the Student Council led their guests on a tour of the school.

“It was interesting to hear about their jobs, and I was really excited to show them around our schools,” said eighth grader Necai Byrd.

Ryan Hitchens, a teacher at Akili Academy who advises the Student Council, feels that opportunities like Power Hour provide his students with the inspiration to pursue their passions and to do their best academically.

DSC_0234“Power Hour allowed my students to see the limitlessness of their destinies,” said Hitchens. “Part of Akili’s mission is to prepare students to succeed in college, and having an event like Power Hour lunch really reinforces a college-bound school culture,” added Hitchens.

Interested in learning more about Akili’s Student Council? Click here to read about how these students are becoming leaders in their school.