The leadership team from Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal partnered with the 100 Black Men of Central Illinois to present the Passport to Manhood mentoring program to select male youths in our community. The ‘Passport” program was presented in our local B&G Club in seven, weekly stages from Nov.-Dec. 2014 focusing on the core values required of our young men to overcome the obstacles they may face in their daily lives. A few stages emphasized during the mentorship program were Academic Success, Cooperation and Conflict along with Responses to Authority.
The mentees who successfully completed all stages of the program earned a field trip to the Dusable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, IL. Upon arrival to the museum seven mentees, three members of the 100 BMCI, one staff member from the Boys and Girls Club, and one parent received an extensive guided tour detailing the rich history displayed within the museum. Following the tour each mentee received a complimentary gift from the gift store as a keepsake. The field trip was capped off with lunch at Portillos.
We are proud to recognize the following mentees who successfully completed the Passport to Manhood program: Camron Matlock, Christopher Higginbothan, Darrel Williams, Darrien Grismore, Gabe Williams, TreVeon Campbell, and Julius Owens.
Thank you to Mr. Art Abrams who served a parental guide during the field trip to the Dusable Museum. A special thanks is extended to Ms. Jenny Hall of the B&G Club who initiated the partnership with the 100 BMCI to deliver the ‘Passport’ program. Our appreciation is also given to Mr. Adrian Arrington, B&G Club staff member, who served as a resource and leadership example during each stage of the Passport to Manhood Program.
The 100 BMCI mentors of the Passport to Manhood program were: Duane Farrington, Victory Terry, Stan Gardner, Paul Hursey, and Justin Prather. To learn more about the Passport to Manhood program please contact Jenny Hall of the Boys and Girls Club or Justin Prather of the 100 Black Men of Central Illinois.