Corliss H.S. hosts ‘night out’ for its male students

A South Side high school recently held what it hopes will be an annual event for its male students as it tries to prevent more young Black boys from becoming victims of crime.

A South Side high school recently held what it hopes will be an annual event for its male students as it tries to prevent more young Black boys from becoming victims of crime.

George H. Corliss High School, 821 E. 103rd St., held its first Mens’ Night Out Friday at the school, where parents and staff also participated. Antonio Davis, a counselor and head of the Male Mentoring program at the school, organized the event.

Students were able to play board games, video games and participate in sports.

Devontae Roper, a Corliss senior, said he really enjoyed the event because it allowed everyone to bond and learn things about each other.

“Everyone got to see each other in a different light, and it was a lot of fun,” Roper said.

For the past four years, the school has hosted a Girls’ Night Out, but Davis said it was time to do something just for the boys.

“Our goal was to provide our male students with an environment where they could have fun and be safe,” he said.

Corliss Assistant Principal Latanza Boarden said the students were the ones who came up with the idea to have a night out for boys only.

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