Two's company, and three's a crowd. However, this Friday evening leading into Saturday morning, the "crowd" is coming together for the greater good, with the specific purpose of working with young men.
On June 8th (starting at 7:45pm) until the morning of June 9th (7am), the combination of the Loganville-Conyers (Sigma Eta Lambda) chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The LEAD Foundation, and the Iron Men Ministry of Redemptive Life Christian Fellowship are hosting their summer lock-in. The program takes place at the church (406 Pleasant Hill Road NW in Conyers) and is extended to young men in grades 7-12, as it provides a balanced evening of food, fun, and fellowship to provide a means of outreach to the immediate and surrounding community.
"In teaming up (with The LEAD Foundation and Iron Men Ministry), we're able to work with our young men in being better equipped and empowered in being the best students and members of the community as possible", notes chapter president (of the Loganville-Conyers chapter) Christopher Banks.
Some of the topics covered range from health and wellness via the fraternity's Project Alpha platform, business etiquette and attire via the "Dress for Success" component, and accessing higher education and post-high school resources through the "Go to High School, Go to College" piece. Combined with recreational opportunities in a safe environment, participants are able to fellowship with their peers and adults in a positive and constructive manner.
Food and refreshments are provided for the overnight program.
For additional details, parents (and potential participants) may contact Christopher Banks at the chapter's email address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is well documented the importance and relevance of working with young people, in particular young men. In providing them opportunities for their academic, professional, and personal growth, they are better able to realize the levels of success needed in order for them to be positive and productive resources to their families and their communities. This Friday evening provides such an opportunity.
Time to put things "on lock" for the greater good.