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Role Models kick off school year with leadership training

caines | 11/10/2011, 11:14 a.m.

To help prepare the future leaders of tomorrow, the 5000 Role Models of Excellence held Officers Leadership Training sessions on Oct. 3rd and 29th. The seminars were also conducted to empower the programs participants and to ensure the successful operation of middle and high School Role Model Clubs. The students received valuable information ranging from the perilous passage to manhood, how to become a successful leader and the importance of being respectful and responsible. Recently, the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Projects founder Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson enthusiastically kicked-off the year with an Opening of Schools Meeting on Sept. 29th at The Port of Miami. Wilson shared with district staff, role model principals, site directors and mentors the vision she implemented over 19 years ago of intervening in the lives of at-risk boys, in order to provide them with alternatives that will lead them away from a life of crime and violence and down a carefully chartered path to manhood and sending them to college. To further enhance South Floridas premier mentoring program and to achieve Congresswoman Wilsons goal of moving to a New Level of Expectations and Excellence, Role Models Robert Parker, Horace Hord, Mark Beckford and James Brown have assumed key roles with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. These dedicated Role Models, as are all Role Model Mentors, are positive and successful men for the boys to emulate and they each possess unique gifts, talents and, skills that they are eager to share in order for the boys to effectively deal with the challenges and struggles that they now confront. Special to The Miami Times