We are in a state of emergency...
This catch-phrase is used on multiple times, multiple occasions, and for multiple reasons. Some would argue the state of international affairs is cause for being in such a state. For others, it can range from our economy, our favorite sports teams, and even reading about situations taking place in places outside of where we live, work, and play.
Sometimes, the state of emergency is much closer to home. Of the multiple individuals and organizations that make an effort to do something of a constructive nature about it, Project MALE, led by Bob Bowman, Jr., is doing their part this coming Saturday, August 16th.
From 10am-4pm at LJ Price Middle School (1670 Benjamin Weldon Bickers Drive, SE in Atlanta), the organization is hosting its 2nd annual Male Summit. The event is open to young men ages 8-18 and provides a day of programming designed to discuss, share, and exchange information and resources grounded in the well-being of young men.
"We are conducting a health fair, a school supplies giveaway, and other important programming to help empower our young men", notes Bowman, Jr.
There is a $1 registration fee for participants; in addition to the aforementioned programming, lunch is provided to all participants.
An added piece as part of their programming is their push for neckties. A growing trend is the number of young men who do not know how to tie a tie; as a response, one of the day's components is doing a workshop to do so. For those who are interested in donating a tie, you are encouraged to do so (click HERE).
While its core audience is working with young men in grades 3-8, the State of Emergency program extends its reach as they work with young men in high school. Given the areas of concern for this age group and demographic, it is a part of the focused responses the organization has in order to make a positive difference and impact in the lives of young people.
There truly is a state of emergency, and contrary to popular belief, there are multiple organizations that are doing their part in order to help address these and other areas of concern. For this coming Saturday, Project MALE is doing its part.
Consider doing the same on the 16th.