Join us August 7, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM as we discuss the principles of manhood with young men of the Greater Columbia area. We’ll have guest speakers, panel discussion, and FREE food! Admission is FREE!
Purpose: To teach young men character values of fundamental manhood.
What: Leadership is the focus of the symposium. Not only will the young men be shown examples of leadership via special guests, but they will be given practical information to help develop their own leadership skills.
When: August 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM at The Cecil Tillis Center (2111 Simpkins Ln, Columbia, SC 29204)
How: The symposium will be approximately 2 hours long in the following format:
- Dining/Meet & Greet
- General Address (Guest speakers from the community that can expound on leadership from their field of expertise)
- Group Activity (activity to involve the young men in using leadership to learn how it is used and gain the sense self worth it brings to oneself)
- Panel Discussion (Questions from registration questionnaire addressed, general questions from audience addressed)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2014
CONTACT: Michael Holoman
Mentoring TRIO Partner with concerned black men of columbia to host 2nd manhood symposium
COLUMBIA, SC— The Board of Directors, authors of “The Makings of a Man,” have partnered with Concerned Black Men of Columbia for the second year to host the Principals of Manhood Symposium. The event will be held at The Cecil Tillis Center (2111 Simpkins Lane, Columbia, SC 29204) on August 7, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:30PM.
“We’re glad to work with The Board of Directors again to reach the young men in the Columbia community,” said Jimmie Wright of Concerned Black Men. “Events like the Principles of Manhood Symposium are a key part of the consistent effort that’s required to affect change in our community.”
The Principals of Manhood Symposium will focus on the importance and impact of leadership amongst males. Community leaders will be speaking to the young men about their personal leadership experiences and how the youth can implement leadership principals into their daily lives. There will also be a panel discussion to address issues the young men may have with leadership.
“We really want to provide examples and give the young men something tangible,” said Gerard Droze of The Board of Directors, “We all know the problems young men face today. Showing them real life examples of men who have overcome obstacles similar to the ones they’re facing may be the experience many of these young men need.”
According to KidsCount.org, over 35% of children in the United States grow up in a single mother household. While it’s important for all children to have a healthy relationship with their father, the absence of a dad is particularly detrimental for young boys. The Board of Directors and Concerned Black Men aim to provide positive male leadership examples to young men not only through the mentoring their organizations do, but also though their personal conduct.
“We understand it’s good to put on these events and talk to the youth about leadership, but we have to first be accountable and hold ourselves to the standards we expect of them,” said Michael Holoman of The Board of Directors. “For boys, your talk has to be followed up with action that matches what you say. That’s leadership.”
“We’re confident each young man will walk away from the symposium understanding they have the ability to lead,” said Jabari Price of The Board of Directors. “Giving them examples of men from the same city and circumstances as them should instill hope in them that they can become leaders too.”
The Principals of Manhood Symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.TheMakingsofaMan.com/poms14.