5000 Role Models Senior High conference

Wilson hosted event, roundtable discussions

Ashley Montgomery | 5/22/2014, 9 a.m.
Frederica Wilson addresses Role Models at conference. Photo by Ashley Montgomery

The annual 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project ‘Finished High School. . . Now What? Senior High School Conference. Held at The Sun Life Stadium on Thursday, May 15. The honorable Frederica Wilson, the White House Initiative on Excellence for African Americans and The White House Initiative on Excellence for Hispanics were all in attendance for various roundtable discussions.

Wilson, a life long educator was delighted to serve as a proud host of the event and mentioned how much she learned that day.


Role Models receive meaningful life advice.

“I thought I knew a lot but I learned so much from today — to carrying the 5000 Role Models and all the children in this District further,” Wilson said.

Mentorship: Supporting the Holistic Development of Boys and Men of Color: a 5000 Role Model of Excellence Case Study made a huge impact. Over 1,000 boys from different Please turn to WILSONMiami-Dade County Public schools were in attendance and also attended workshops that included career development, college preparation and understanding law enforcement, the courts and the criminal justice system.

The White House roundtable series was designed to promote a positive approach to support the learning and development of Blacks and Hispanics.

Issues like Common Core becoming the common language across the board for education and furthermore how we as a whole need to take accountability for our youth not doing as well as they should.

The highlights of the event were: supporting the academic, social and emotional development of students of color; learning from the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Program and sharing the promising and proven programs, practices and policies accelerating and learning development Blacks and Hispanics.

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans was the master of ceremonies/moderator throughout the day.

Panel discussions included many heavy-weight speakers such as Marco Davis, deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Dr. Marcus Bright, executive director of Education for a Better America; Albert Dotson, Jr., Government Relations and Land Development Practice Group Leader at Bilzin Sumberg and Dondiego Maurice, president of the 5000 Role Models Miami Carol City Chapter.

Maurice electrified the audience with his words and wisdom on major topics.

“A child only educated at school is an uneducated child,” Maurice, just 18-years-old said.

He says that his past has been filled with many obstacles but “excuses are tools of the incompetence that build monuments of nothingness.”

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-24) showed off a pair of 5000 Role Model sneakers that she says is used as a motivational tool for young men to have a grading period of above average grades in conduct and academics.

“When you see a little boy in those sneakers, you tell him, ‘I know that you are going places because you are making good grades,” Wilson exclaimed. “We have to get the entire community behind these children.”