Young men in grades 6-10 (as well as a little older) face their own set of real issues. Be it concerns in school ranging from academics to relationships with their peers and faculty, or community-related issues, a number of the day-to-day hurdles that this audience faces is real.
Therefore, it takes a REEL approach to helping provide access to resources to equip, educate, and empower young men in making sure they are able to maneuver through such situations successfully. More importantly, by imparting and emphasizing the importance to give back and help empower their peers and others in their community allows for an improved opportunity to address and problem-solve the issues at hand.
On Saturday, September 14th, at 9am, the LEAD Foundation, Inc. is kicking off its 2013 fall semester programming centered around the REEL Project, its male-mentoring program for middle and high school students. Students, parents, volunteers, and fellow community partners are invited to attend the opening session at Sweetwater Middle School.
"We are providing an overview of the programs and services to help serve our young men", notes Michael Woodward (the foundation's executive director). Workshops and seminars that align with critical and essential issues, open and focused discussions as part of the "REEL Talk" series, and academic support are just some of the core services provided in the mentoring program.
Community partners such as members of the Sigma Eta Lambda Chapter (Loganville-formerly the Northeast Georgia Area Alpha Men) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Great Date Deals-Atlanta (to provide support for parents) are a few of the organizations that are lending support to the foundation's programs.
Students are asked to dress in business or business casual attire, as well as bring progress reports and other supporting academic information (i.e. progress reports) to help the foundation and its volunteers better assist with academic concerns. The program is free and open to the public; light refreshments (continental breakfast) are provided. Parents may register their students online to actively participate in the program. Likewise, the foundation has a Facebook and Twitter presence.
Young men, as with other demographic groups, have real issues. It takes REEL, consistent, and concerted efforts and energy in order to make a positive impact given the needs of the community.
This Saturday, it gets REEL.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: The start date is changed to Saturday, September 21st at 9am (Sweetwater MS).