The concept of this program is to provide mentoring for young men and women under the 100 Black men of America’s concept of “Mentoring over a lifetime”. This is not a new program but a revival and restart of a very successful long term mentoring program
Our plan is to provide mentoring especially for young African American boys, however, we will not Discriminate based on gender or race.
The Saturday Academy will take place according to a schedule that will provide -two hour classes - two Saturdays a month – 10AM to 12 NOON. The home base for our effort will be the Griffin Middle School – with the cooperation of its Principal and the Leon County School Board (LCSB).
We want PRIMARY participants in the program to be in – GRADES 8 -12 – and to experience over a FOUR YEAR or greater PERIOD a series of – LIFE SKILLS and OTHER SUBJECTS. Wee will accept participants as young as GRADES 6 and 7 but plan for the primary - BENEFITS OF OUR PROGRAM – to be accorded to those who participate during grades 8-12.
Parents will be asked to sign permission slips agreeing to support their children’s participation and acceptance of the standards of conduct for the “Saturday Academy.” Details are still not finalized and the concept will be refined as we move forward- including the involvement and use of other mentoring programs that will assist student development. ALL 100 Black Men participants (mentors/instructors) - will complete the LCSB MENTORING COURSE and BACKGROUND CHECK – and at least one member will be present during all sessions.
A PARTIAL LISTING OF SOME SUBJECTS, TOPICS AND ACTIVITIES TO BE PROVIDED DURING THE ACADEMY ARE AS INDICATED BELOW:
*EMPLOY A SERIES OF OUTSTANDING SPEAKERS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY
*HOW TO GET HOME SAFELY (HOW TO DEAL WITH POLICE OFFICERS)
*HOW TO DRESS
*DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION
*BELIEF IN SELF / ATTITUDE / ANGER MANAGEMENT
*ATHLETHIC EVENTS (Basket Ball, etc.)