Leadership. Discipline. Positive attitude. Each of these traits can be found in a professional athlete, including in Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. But they’re also important traits for middle school students, too.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Pierre-Louis visited Central Middle School, as part of a special event by the school’s City Year team, to meet with a group of Central students. Throughout the school year, City Year mentors provide hands-on support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate.
As part of the mentorship, City Year arranges for special guests to visit and have frank, practical discussions with students. Pierre-Louis talked with the students about what it takes to be a leader, why a positive attitude serves a person well, both on the field and in school, plus, discussed with students about what it takes to be a leader in one’s community.
City Year Kansas City partners with five KCPS middle and high schools by recruiting and training near-peer AmeriCorps members. These members work each day to make an impact in the lives of the students they serve, working with students both in and outside the classroom, serving as tutors, mentors and general support so they find success in school.
To see more photos of the event, visit the KCPS Flickr page.