The BOOM Experience

The BOOM Experience is a program designed for male students that racially identify as African, Black, Hispanic, LatinX, Native American, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander or mix of any, who are in grades 7-12 in the Bellevue School District.

This program provides an opportunity for these students to connect, be inspired, find support and to be lead and taught by men who also racially identify like them. Students will spend the day learning and engaging in discussion around race, culture, leadership and self-empowerment.

While this event is designed especially to reach African, Black, Hispanic, LatinX, Native American, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander male students, the event is open to ALL students in grades 7-12.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. so we will be picking up your student between 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at their schools. The event will end at 1:30 p.m. for middle school students and 4 p.m. for high school students. Middle school students will be dropped off at their schools between 1:45-2 p.m. and high school students will be dropped off at their schools between 4-4:15 p.m.

View the Middle School Agenda
8:30-9:30 Student Bus Pick-up
9:30-10:15 Breakfast
9:50-10:00 Opening Performance
10:00-10:40 Kick Off and Welcome
10:50-11:00 BOOM Experience All Attendee Photo
11:00-11:10 Travel to Cafeteria
11:10-11:35 Keynote
11:40–12:05 Performance and Talent Show
12:15–1:00 Middle School Workshop (R Bldg.)
1:05-1:10 Middle School Students Travel to Cafeteria
1:10–1:25 Middle School Lunch
1:30 Middle School Students Depart on Buses
View the High School Agenda
8:30-9:30 Student Bus Pick-up
9:30-10:15 Breakfast
9:50-10:00 Opening Performance
10:00-10:40 Kick Off and Welcome
10:50-11:00 BOOM Experience All Attendee Photo
11:00-11:10 Travel to Carlson
11:10-12:00 Keynote
12:05-12:15 Travel to R Bldg.
12:15-1:15 High School Workshop
1:15-1:35 High School Lunch
1:35-2:15 Performance and High School Cypher
2:15-2:30 Travel to Carlson
2:30-3:45 High School Facilitator Panel
3:45-4:00 Closing and Students Depart on Buses

Embrace It While You Chase It

Shaun Worthy

This workshop is based on self-empowerment. “The Embrace It While You Chase It” saying is a mentality, and it’s how I have made significant transitions in my life to tap into my potential. We all face adversity, a journey, and we all have a gift. When we embrace these things, we can begin to live life at our fullest potential. I believe this is foundational to succeed and live a life of fulfillment.

Corporatepreneur: The 4Fs to Balance Your Corporate Comfort with Entrepreneurial Hustles

Phil Terrill

Focused on learning and leveraging the 4F model created to help people breakthrough life’s challenges and turn them into powerful triumphs. The Corporatepreneur is about defining your path while discovering the best way to reach your goals, utilizing the model. The presentation will be framed to encourage participants to reflect on their journeys and serve as a platform to drive insightful dialogue to help build each other up in our collective pursuits to achieve our purpose. Many young men of color are guided to pursue professional careers. Deep inside them are entrepreneurs inside trying to get out and impact the world. The middle ground to achieve both is by being a Corporatepreneur.

Nunca Mas: 9/11

Cesar Rangel

In this session participants will engage in meaningful activities and conversations about Latin American historical civil disobedience. We will focus on Chile, 9/11/1973, end of democracy and the Chilean people’s resilience.

What Is My Why?

Dan Napelee

Who am I? Why do I love the things I love? Figuring out ‘my why’, the reason why you have hobbies or are passionate about books / sports / school / popularity / people / etc., will help you understand who are you -and- who you’re meant to be. Uncovering the reasons why we love things is the first start at accepting who we really are. But that’s not always easy. Everyone faces barriers with things they are passionate about. By (1) identifying things we love and (2) recognizing barriers that get in your way, you, then, can start the journey of self-advocating the needs that make you important to the world.

How to Get the SAUCE

Sergio Garcia Perez

Every person in high school deals with insecurities one way or another. We are all constantly going through a war inside our head, debating if we will ever be good enough. As young men of color, there are even more hurdles we have to overcome and surpass.

Self-love is something difficult to achieve. We always strive to change things about our life, but never take time to appreciate the good within us. I know that there will always be people trying to criticize us and trying to put us down, but at the end of the day it is imperative to love yourself no matter what.

After this workshop, students will feel more comfortable talking about their insecurities and will hopefully be more confident. I want every kid to walk out feeling sure of themselves. They need to know that they have the potential to become someone great.

You Have the Power to Change the World

Arturo Lucatero

Join us for an interactive session where we will share some helpful tips for your academic and professional journey!

Growing up, we did not believe we had the potential to be working at a leading technology company like Microsoft. While each of us has a very different story, we have identified common elements that have helped us along the way and we want to share them with you!

Beating the Odds

Hugo Sanchez Garcia

In this workshop we will discuss the statistical realities of push out rates for Black and brown youth. With the current lack of accessibility to higher education it is crucial for students’ success that they have an awareness of the conditions in which they navigate those institutions. Only through a critical understanding of systemic oppression can we develop the solutions necessary to not fall through the cracks. The goal of this workshop is for students to walk away with a comprehensive understanding of the conditions in which they live and to create community-based strategies to help beat the odds.

Toxic Masculinity?: Creating a Tapestry of Transparency

Joshua Magallanes

We inhabit and are inhabited by multiple categories of identity and our experience of several identities taken together may be emotionally, culturally, and materially different than the experience of any one particular identity. When we add this to the complexity of social structures, understanding the relationship between the powers bestowed upon these identities is important in order to understand how intersectionality really plays out. For me as a first-generation Latino college student, it took me a while to understand that I could be my own person and still be connected to my community and family. However, I knew it would be difficult to have strong discussions with family members and those in my community based on what my sexual orientation was. I knew that I would have to cut through many biased opinions based off of fear. I am not saying that it was easy or that I was the golden child, but this is why I continue to do this work to help others like me understand that there are other ways and other chosen families that can help us through this. I like to explore how gender identity and theory identity relate to intersections in one’s life and the exploration of masculinity and the integration of masculinity/femininity and identity within social constructs.

How to Start a Revolution: Lessons from The Courtroom for The Classroom

Juan Esparza

A 2006 study by Sommers provides evidence of differences in the deliberations of diverse vs. homogeneous juries. In that study, the racially diverse juries deliberated longer, discussed more trial evidence and made fewer factually inaccurate statements when discussing the evidence than did all-white juries. It’s not that the minority members of the jury were more thorough or accurate than the white jurors, but in diverse juries, all members of the group take more care to examine the evidence and reflect critically.

The same principals will apply on our school campuses. The more diversity we have in positions of power, the better and more equitable decisions will be made. In this session, students will be educated on why it is important for students of color to step up into positions and roles of influence on the campus and in their community. Through lecture and group discussions, nontraditional and creative ways of civic engagement and social activism will also be discussed.

A revolution of students of color’s involvement on their campuses and in their community is needed, this workshop’s desire is to help that cause!

It’s L.I.T.T (Living in This Time)

Darwin Paet

Our Pacific Islander ancestors navigated the Pacific Ocean for hundreds of years before being colonized. I want students to understand that our ancestors navigated waters in the same way that they are navigating their lives in this society. Beyond that I want them to see that they possess leadership skills that are worth sharing just like our ancestors did while traveling all over the Pacific.

Growing Through Relationships

Christian Ochoa

Looking at the importance of relationships with family, friends, people around you and yourself. Understanding the impact of how treating others will open up doors and your heart to new opportunities. I will break down my personal experiences that have helped me in my life and how it has changed my life.

We Are Not All Immigrants!

Carlos Marentes

In this workshop, participants will be asked to examine what being a migrant means today, how this has or will impact them personally, and to critically evaluate that current treatment and characterization of migrants in the U.S.

This workshop is designed to give participants minimal basic tools and language to understand, discuss, and take action against:

  • Economic inequality
  • Undocumented immigrant stigmatization and dehumanization
  • Systemic racism

Participants will learn the following:

  • What an economic system is and the general characteristics of our current economic system
  • Racism as system of oppression
  • Brief history of migration
  • Political and economic aspects that shape how immigrants are viewed and characterized
Remembering Cuauhtemoc: Azteca Warrior King

Esmael Xiutecpatl Lopez

The first 20 minutes will be about Cuauhtemoc and the history of the Azteca-Mexica people. I will use storytelling of our ancient oral traditions to highlight: integrity, bravery and selflessness acts that have caused for this Tlatoani to be remembered for 500 years.

I’m Morpheus You’re Neo

Athrettis Brown

The workshop will bring closer to the minds of the young men as to what are their true goals in life and how they will get there.

Men's Violence = Men's Pain. A Conversation About Dealing with Feelings

Vincent Perez

Participants will be invited to explore social forces that shape the emotional expression of boys and men. We will consider the ways we are taught to cope with hardship and learn about pathways toward healing, redemption and connection.

A World Without Black People

Norris Rashad

This session will be facilitated by a male who racially identifies as Black. This session is for 7th & 8th graders only who will engage in learning around cultural understanding and self-empowerment. This session will allow students to engage in Black history in a way for students to see themselves as historic and empowered.


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3000 Landerholm Circle SE

Bellevue, WA 98007

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