In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating the past, present and future of black excellence at YES Prep. Throughout the month of February, we featured a parent, student, teacher and principal from YES Prep who is Leading Houston Forward.

Justin West, YES Prep Hoffman

YES Prep Hoffman principal Justin West is a Georgia native and comes from a family of educators, particularly his mother, who inspired him since at an early age. Justin's passion for education and drive to serve the black youth brought him to YES Prep.

Camerae’ Burton, YES Prep Northwest

YES Prep Northwest teacher Camerae' Burton talks about how she shows love to her students every day in class.

Dominique Sanders, YES Prep White Oak

YES Prep White Oak 10th grader Dominique Sanders champions social justice and is an example of why community support is powerful.

SaKenya Walhall, YES Prep Southside

YES Prep Southside parent SaKenya Walthall is a mother and Navy veteran from Philadelphia who came to Houston to seek out opportunities for her eldest son, Ayaan, who wants to one day become a pilot.