Chinquapin alumni say it best: Chinquapin transforms lives

“There are two valuable life lessons that I learned from being a student at Chinquapin: believing in my gifts and my value as an individual and being resilient and self-reliant. In addition to the great education I received, these core values have helped me remain grounded throughout my life. In the early days of the school, we had few of the resources that students enjoy today, but what sustained us was our belief in Bob and Maxine Moore’s vision for us. We understood the meaning of “quid pro quo” and gladly gave back to the school through our labor that was critical to sustaining the school. Bob’s refusal to accept the inequities of the educational systems in Houston and his commitment to doing something about it, taught us the importance of thinking for ourselves.

Children of color, from low-income backgrounds need the nurturing that the school provides to learn to believe in themselves and resist the negative stereotypes and influences that often surrounded them in the inner city. What I gained from Chinquapin helped me overcome my fears and endure the lack of support, resistance, and attempts to undermine me that I encountered.”

-Bruce Manuel, Class of 1976

“Today, I am the most confident, self-assured, radiant, and trusting I have ever been. The trust I have gained at Chinquapin has allowed me to heal my own wounds so I may go out into the world and heal others. With this newfound trust, I have been able to give to others what has been given to me. Not only have I matured academically and socially, but I have grown as a person. I am so very proud of the young woman I have become over the last four years in this community. I am even more ecstatic for the woman I will become over the next four years at the University of Chicago.”

-Kihana Wilson, Class of 2020

“At Chinquapin, my drive for education accelerated in an environment where my intellectual curiosity was fostered. I expected to grow by leaps and bounds in my education, but to my surprise, I discovered I had the unique characteristic to lead others to reach their highest potential. Chinquapin created an environment where I could pay forward the opportunities given to me. As a soccer coach, I helped my players develop skills they could use on and off the field to be successful in life. This led to my passion to become a teacher, so I can help students discover their curiosity and potential. I worked hard in high school to secure my success, but now I also feel that success is best measured in the opportunities you give others.”

Isaac Gonzalez, Class of 2020


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