Seventh graders are gathered in the cafeteria of the Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy. They’re all dressed in white button down shirts and khaki pants. In their hands, they hold silver ties—which they are learning how to tie by themselves.
"Put it through the front hole and pull it down," instructs counselor, Sabrina Brown. "Okay. And start fixing it. Oh, there you go! Pull it, pull it!”
“This is so weird," says seventh grader Martin Gonzales. "I look like I’m going to work!”
Gonzales moved to Austin this summer and says he enrolled at Gus Garcia because his brother wanted to attend.
“But now that I’m here, it’s pretty cool," he says, despite the fact that it's all boys. "It’s pretty weird. I’m not used to it. Regularly my teachers call me a ladies man.”
Well, that won't matter as much at this school.