Men's University/King's Feast Will Help Youth Realize Their Potential

By Rachel Martin

July 21, 2013 Updated Jul 21, 2013 at 9:13 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – Multiple community organizations are holding a two-day outreach program to expose young men to the possibilities of higher education and empower them to achieve.

It's never too early to help young men realize their potential and mold them into leaders. That’s the idea behind Men's University and King's Feast, a two-day event that will mold 100 young men into realizing their societal capabilities.

The event is put on by the Bedrock Youth Academy, My Brother's Keeper, the Primetime Community Center, Chosen One Productions and IPFW’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

The first day includes the college experience as the youth will go to classes and spend the night on IPFW’s campus.

On day two, the young men will go through workshops and be mentored by professionals in the community. Special guest speaker Eric Thomas “E.T. the HipHop Preacher” will be also be featured.

Virgil Tharp with Bedrock Youth Academy and My Brother’s Keeper says the idea is to change the mentality and perception of young men in society.

"The perception of our youth is of destruction. So instead of changing what people outside think we're going to change the mindset internally of the young men, and we're allowing the community to invest. So instead of people just talking about it, we're going to actually apply and do something about it,” said Tharp.

Tharp and other community leaders hold the My Brother’s Keeper mentoring program every Sunday afternoon at Imani Baptist Temple, 2920 Indiana Ave., for young men in middle and high school.

The two-day outreach program is going on next Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, at IPFW. Registration is $30 to cover both days and is open to all young men in the community ages 13 to 18.

Visit http://manukingsfeast.eventbrite.com/ to register, or click on “Men’s University/King’s Feast” under News Links on our homepage.

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