Mentoring Organization Offering Young Students Cash for Academic Success (Chicago, IL) — A Chicago boys mentoring organization is offering money to south suburban students for academic success. They will offer male students from third grade through high school anywhere between $1 to $5 for each A they received on their latest report cards if they attend a mentoring event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at Bouchet Elementary, 7355 S. Jeffery Blvd in Chicago. The guest speaker will be Rashard Johnson, who is president of Advocate Trinity and Advocate Suburban hospitals. Any school or organization that gets 20 boys minimum to sign up for the event by Monday, March 18, will be provided free transportation from their area to the program.
Since its establishment in 1996, Concerned Christian Men has successfully promoted and committed themself to establishing leaders among tens of thousands of young men on the southside of Chicago. George D. Glenn, who passed away a year ago, was one of the founding members; growing and shepherding the organization for more than 15 years. The organization focuses on helping boys navigate into manhood learning to keep a strong and steady pace while traversing through difficult times. The Concerned Christian Men’s centerpiece program is its monthly Man-Boy Breakfast during which some of Chicago’s most notable men have participated as speakers. Among them include former 44th United States President Barack Obama, McDonalds USA President Don Thompson, former Bears coach Lovie Smith and other prominent men. Glenn founded Concerned Methodist Men in 1996 at Carter Temple C.M.E. Church in Chatham. The name was later changed to Concerned Christian Men.
Organization officials want to continue Glenn’s legacy and understand how much more work needs to be done.
“I think the value of the program is that we do teach the word of God and we show the young men love and support,” said Ray Dozier, associate director for Concerned Christian Men. “We show them strong male figures and give them a roadmap on how to be successful. The program is just as relevant today as it was in the past.”
The program will also bring back the Oliver F. Hightower Oratory Contest for high school students. The event will be held July 24, but contestants will be perfecting their speeches during three rounds of mandatory rehearsals. The first-place winner will receive $1,000. The second-place winner will earn $500 and $250 will be awarded to the third-place winner.
For more information on Concerned Christian Men on how to register for the program or make a donation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Mentoring Organization Offering Young Students Cash for Academic Success