The Axis Youth Network nonprofit organization will be hosting its first annual HBCU Fest on Feb. 22 in honor of Black History Month.

The free event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Edward Roberson Middle School, located at 12430 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston. According to Sharoma Scurry-Graves, executive director and founder of The Axis Youth Network, HBCU Fest will serve as an interactive platform for middle and high school students and their families to learn more about planning for college.

"The HBCU Fest is an opportunity to expose families in the Greater Houston area to culture at Historically Black Colleges and Universities," Scurry-Graves said.

Houston is home to Texas Southern University, one of eight established HBCU schools in the state. Other HBCU schools in Texas include Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Huston Tillotson University in Austin and St. Phillip's College in San Antonio. According to Scurry-Graves, the HBCU Fest event will give students resources on college readiness in addition to information on HBCU schools.

"The event itself will have a college fair featuring HBCU's, ... different workshops covering financial aid college admissions [and] on selecting the right major; we'll have an alumni panel where [students] will be able to ask questions to people in the Houston area that graduated from HBCU's," she said.

Established in 2016, The Axis Youth Network is a nonprofit organization geared toward supporting minority teens in Harris and Montgomery counties through workshops, community events and by providing resources, according to its website. 832-408-0973.