Johnson College Prep Hosts Successful Second Annual Male Empowerment Lunch
CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday April 7th, male scholars from Johnson College Prep, a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, spent their Saturday afternoon engaging in dialogue and discussions with mentors at their second annual Male Empowerment Lunch. This event provided the students an opportunity to build self-esteem, improve body image, work ethic, and openly discuss issues that plague young men in their community.
81 young men mentored by dozens of professional men from the community
Staff and students at the Male Empowerment Lunch at Johnson College Prep.
“The event was empowering and allowed scholars of all grade levels to interact with successful men who have already been in our shoes," said Timothy Grant, a senior and second year event participant.
"[The mentors] know what it takes to be successful, and are willing to share their wisdom with us. Participating in this event allows male scholars to have a great afternoon with knowledgeable men," said Grant.
There were 28 professional men that donated their time as mentors to the Englewood area students and shared their stories of empowerment and encouraged the young males as role models. The mentors' professions ranged from bankers, consultants, and entrepreneurs to educators and publishers. The lunch also included a panel discussion that featured Sherod M. Craig, Founder/CEO of SATIO Foundation for Young Men, Jami Kolawole, IT Analyst, and Landon Battle, Rapper. Each panelist discussed their experiences as a male growing up in a similar community, as well as discussing his success story with the students during the breakout sessions.
Male students from Johnson College Prep at the event on April 7th.
"This event is important for our young men to be able to have an opportunity to have in depth conversations with adult men from similar backgrounds. Allowing the boys to have a glimpse into their future selves," said DedErick Harris, a learning specialist and one of the event organizers at Johnson College Prep. "I am involved in this event because I wholeheartedly love and believe in our scholars. My hope is that each young man allows this event to resonate the values we teach on a daily basis - perseverance, responsibility, integrity, discipline, and excellence - by hearing stories from the adult men."
Professional mentors in attendance included:
- Eddy Lamarre, Relationship Manager
- LeVar Brooks, Owner/Director Day Care
- Michael Childress Jr., Head Basketball Coach
- Sherod M. Craig, Founder/CEO of SATIO Foundation for Young Men
- Earle Chisolm-El, President of Self Pro Motions LLC
- Reggie Coleman, Personal trainer
- Aaron Love, HR Generalist
- Myron Moore, Program Specialist
- D. Nigel Green, Assistant Principal at Muchin College Prep
- Bryan M. Lamar, Consultant
- Jonathan Marsh, Business Analyst
- George Carson, Director of HR and Talent
- Michael Norwood Jr., Hall of Fame International American Football Player
- Eric McConnell, Consultant and Minister
- Alpachino Hogue, Director of Educational Programs
- Keenen Stevenson, Educator
- Charles Kyle, Executive Director
- Jerone Thadison, Police Officer
- Austen Williams, Global Sales Manager
- Jonathan Marsh, Business Analyst
- Sean Baker, Office Manager
- Jon Pettis, Construction Worker
- William Brookins Jr., Financial Advisor
- Jocelyn Boti, Paralegal
- Calvin Lee III aka Mr. Positive, Educator
- Jemeico Rahimi, Utility Worker
- Jamiu Kolawole, IT Analyst
- Landon Battle, Rapper