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From Black Boy to Black Man: What Does It Take?

A Personal Development and Mentoring Program for 12 - 18 year old black males

What does it take for Black boys to make the transition to true manhood?

What does it take to develop the genius potential inherent in all Black males?

     The answers are found in this life changing personal development and mentoring program designed for Black males, ages 12 and up. 
     Created in 1993 by Steve White, From Black Boy to Black Man addresses the unique challenges Black males face as they strive to achieve manhood in a society that feels threatened by their very presence and works against their empowerment as men.
     The failure of many programs that deal with Black males is due to the fact that the cultural needs of Black males are never addressed. The title of this program leaves no room for doubt. This is a program for and about the personal development of Black males.
    Furthermore, this program is not a quick fix. We are building a foundation the young men will be able to stand on for a lifetime.
     Each specially selected topic is designed to either change or enhance the mindset of the students enrolled in the program.
     This program will help young men build their self-esteem, improve their performance in school, develop their gifts and talents, strengthen their critical thinking skills, improve their health and provide them with a foundation and a plan that successfully moves them from boy to true manhood.

Program Topics

  1. 1. Building Self-esteem and Self-respect
    The objectives of the first session are to help young men understand the value of self-esteem and self-respect and how to instill these characteristics in their lives. The students will learn how the lack of self-esteem and self-respect affects every aspect of their lives.
  2. 2. A Flight Through African & African-American History
    Black males must understand their culture and the tradition of excellence which is their true history. History and culture will instill in the students a sense of who they are and what they are capable of.
  3. 3. Is This An Education I Can Use? School Success
    In this session we instill in the young men a positive attitude towards school, good study habits, time management skills and how to see the relevancy of their education. The students will receive practical, easy to apply tips for being successful in school.
  4. 4. Critical Thinking Skills: How to Make Good Decisions
    Our youth must learn to control their emotions and make rational decisions. The emotions of fear and anger will be addressed as well as money management. Our youth have been programmed to act before they think, this session reverses that condition.
  5. Today's Music, Television, Movies and Social Media
    This segment examines the messages and images that Black males are exposed to everyday from the media. We address how Black males are affected by these images. We teach them how to negate the negative impact of the messages.
  6. Defining Who You Are (Identifying Gifts & Talents)
    In this session the young men will learn how to identify their gifts, talents and purpose. They further define their values and priorities. The students will identify their career goals and develop an action plan to accomplish their goals, both short and long term.

A Further Look at The Program

Orientation: The program begins with an orientation session for the students and their parents. Students and parents will get an overview of the program and review the course materials.
The Classes: This is a 24 hour course consisting of 12 (2 hour) sessions. Each session utilizes our interactive student workbook and PowerPoint presentation. Recommended class size is 15 to 20 students. 
The Workbook: The curriculum for the program is found in the interactive workbook written specifically for the program. 
Graduation: Following the successful completion of the program, there is a graduation ceremony for the students. Parents, mentors, teachers, city officials, ministers and members of the community are encouraged to attend.

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The crisis facing Black America has had an especially devastating effect on black males. Yet the future of the entire black family hinges upon not just the survival of the black male, but the success of the black male. Time is of the essence. This is an emergency! Well thought out, structured programs are necessary to address the challenges facing black males and put black male youth on a path to true manhood. This is such a program. The crisis exists, but so does the solutions.