Kyle Upshaw is 23 years old, and he is a Morehouse Man. He recently graduated, but this mild-mannered man, hangs out with friends, yet makes time to get involved.
“I could have chosen to attend many other colleges, but I chose Morehouse because the College stresses academics and community service, said Kyle, who was recently honored at Civil Rights Icon Rev. Joseph Lowery’s 90th birthday celebration.
“Giving back isn’t an option, but part of being a true Morehouse Man.”
Kyle feels like both his life and his college experience have been enriched because he takes time to give back.
“Giving back makes me feel that my life is worth something,” says Kyle.
During an interview, Kyle bragged about having great parents and siblings that support him, but he said that having peers tell him to “dream big” helped him to dig deep.
“When I mentor or speak with young people, I see the same positive reaction that I would give to people that mentor me…it’s like a light turns on, and you believe goals are within your reach.”
Kyle doesn’t take a vacation from mentoring. During spring, Christmas or summer-school breaks, he isn’t just hanging out; he meets with students that he mentors in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Superman? No, he’s a Morehouse Man.
But you don’t have to be a Morehouse Man to be a mentor. Any good man or woman will do.
By Tara J., the advocate with a hip hop twist
Note: In 2014, my website crashed. It was a painful experience but I learned so much about website designing and coding through that incident.
This blog entry was written and posted in 2014. I respect Kyle’s commitment to the community and wanted to share his blog entry.
Here’s to hiphopadvocate.org 2.0!