Time and time again, we hear about the areas of concern when it comes to young people, including young men of color. Ranging from education, community service and outreach, or other issues including engagement with law enforcement, public speaking, and the overall (holistic) development of young men, steady and relevant programming focused on equipping and empowering young men is at a premium.
This coming Saturday, September 27th, members of The LEAD Foundation, Inc. are kicking off their REEL Project. The male-mentoring based program for middle and high school students (primarily grades 6-10, but they have traditionally taken students slightly younger [5th grade] to slightly older) provides an avenue of opportunity to provide young men access to resources grounded in their overall success.
“Working with our young people, including our young men, is a must”, notes Willie Cartwright, one of the foundation’s board members and coordinators of the project.
Meeting once every two weeks (Saturdays), the young men are able to receive a light breakfast, then proceed into their open-forum (or REEL Talk) before they begin their hands-on workshops. With topics ranging from exploring their post-high school options, interaction with law enforcement, and community service (including designing and executing their own service project), participants are establishing a stronger point of reference related to key and pertinent information they are able to immediately apply.
After their workshops, they are able to gain additional support, ranging from reading and study-hall time, along with extended time to review subjects discussed in their open forum time. Members of the Loganville-Conyers chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., as well as other professional men from the community, volunteer to serve as speakers and work with the young men in a safe and nurturing environment.
This Saturday’s kick-off and subsequent meetings take place from 9-11:30am at A Taste of Paradise Restaurant and Event Hall (4805 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite 300 in Lilburn). There is no cost to participate in the program; parents who are interested in registering and learning more information about the program are encouraged to register online (click HERE) and visit the organization’s social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter.
“We all recognize that young people go through their share of challenges; it’s our responsibility to provide them with the help they need in order to be the people they are capable of becoming”, notes Michael Woodward, Sr, the foundation’s executive director.
The challenges young men face are many and sometimes complicated. Providing them with safe haven where they are acquire the skill-sets needed in order to enjoy improved levels of academic, professional, civic, and personal attainment and excellence is something that clearly is warranted and needed.
This Saturday morning, The LEAD Foundation does their part in making it happen in REEL time.