Monday, April 24, 2006

Mentoring Matters

Much thanks and appreciation to the Prince George County Mentoring Partnership for inviting me to participate in their Boyzz2Men conference this weekend, especially to County Executive Joe Johnson, event Chairman Major F. Riddick of Strategic Solutions Center, and event coordinator Nuria Alvarez. The 600-700 teens who attended were challenged to become who they are uniquely created to be while connecting to mentors who can help navigate life's challenges. Rev. Tony Lee of Hope Community Church kicked it off by apologizing on behalf of his (and my) generation for denigrating the idea of manhood into pimped out thug life. I had the privilege of co-presenting a session on R-E-S-P-E-C-T with Ennis Whatley, 10 year NBA veteran, and co-presenting the final keynote with ESPN analyst and former NCAA basketball coach Mike Jarvis and Tyrone Taborn, president & CEO of Career Communications Group. The ambitious program also included ministers and public officials and DC radio personalities Jay Lang (Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM) and DJ Flexx (WPGC 95.5 FM). It's always a pleasure to meet such amazing people and link arms for such a vitally important cause. Personal notes:

  • Amtrack's a nice way to travel from NY to DC - 3 hours of uninterrupted time reading/thinking/praying/resting.
  • Met a wonderfully gracious Dr. Susan Johnson Cook again waiting for the train back to NYC.
  • Received an autographed copy of Coach Jarvis' Skills for Life book, a primer on fundamental life skills many at-risk youth lack.


At 4/25/2006 08:26:00 AM, Blogger deanna said...

So glad you had fun in MD - so sorry we missed you! Amtrak is great, until that three hour delay... unless, of course, you don't mind six hours of what you did. Hopefully, we'll catch you next time!


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