Man's University/King's Feast Inspires Young Men To Achieve More

By Rachel Martin

July 27, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- They say knowledge is power, and for the young men who attended Man's University/King's Feast this weekend, they say it couldn't be more true.

Man’s University/King’s Feast is a two-day mentorship program where young men, ages 13-18, are taught to be leaders and shown that it’s possible for them to pursue higher education and be successful.

Saturday was the King's Feast, where young men dressed up in business attire and enjoyed lunch while speaking with local professionals. The idea is to motivate and empower the youth to realize their full potential and show them how they can be successful.

Friday was Man’s University or the “college experience,” where the young men attended classes and workshops, and spent the night on IPFW's campus. Those classes included self-imagery, having a mission and vision, entrepreneurship, money management and servitude.

Motivational speaker, Eric Thomas, from Detroit and also known as the hip-hop preacher, gave an inspirational speech on the importance of knowledge and education. Thomas says in order to prosper, youth should give more than a 100 percent effort, more like a 120 percent effort, in everything they do.

"I've learned just to go 120 (percent). That's the biggest thing I've heard: knowledge is power and just to go 120 (percent). It just means to go hard every day, like no days off in anything you do. It doesn't matter if it's a sport, academically, it doesn't matter, just go hard,” said 17-year old Eric Davis, who will be a Senior at Snider High School.

Keion Powers, a 16-year old Junior at New Tech Academy, agrees. "It's made an impact on me since the moment I heard it,” he said. “It just gave me that inspiration to want to work harder in school, in sports, and in anything I do. Just give it 120 percent."

Davis says his weekend at IPFW has inspired him to pursue youth ministry. He says the most important thing he has learned and would share with others is to listen to those with experience.

“Just get out there and listen to what people are telling you, because there are people out there who don’t get what we’re going through, you know? Just take advantage of whatever you can get, whatever advice. Whatever it is, just do it the best that you can,” said Davis.

Just over 60 young men attended the man’s university/king’s feast mentor program sponsored by Bedrock Youth Academy, the Primetime Community Center, and IPFW..

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