Local Mentoring Program Meets Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge


Local Mentoring Program Meets Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge

High Aspirations Mentoring Program, Serving African American Males Ages Eight to 18, Spring Breakfast Banquet to Honor Achievements of Young Men Saturday, March 29th 10:00am - Noon

KANSAS CITY, MO, [3-26-2014] --- High Aspirations, a local mentoring program for African American males has been working to meet the goals set out in Obama’s recent initiative for young men of color, “My Brother’s Keeper.” This Saturday the organization will be honoring the achievements of the young men participating in the program. This includes honoring the 30 participants that are now honor roll students. This is a 50% increase from the number of honor roll students recognized last year. Founded in 2004, High Aspirations is determined to change the direction of as many local young African American males possible. High Aspirations assigns a mentor to every participant in the program, and meets regularly on Saturdays, rotating activities focusing on leadership/entrepreneurship development, pre-collegiate studies, community service, and chess club all at no cost to the families. Additionally, a nutritious lunch is served at every Saturday program.

“High Aspirations works because these young men receive time and attention from older men who have completed their education, hold down jobs and are good husbands to their wives and good fathers to their children,” said Henry Wash, founder and Executive Director of the program. “Our mentors call the boys almost daily and help keep them focused on their studies and leading a spiritual life. We have been working at the grassroots level on what President Obama is now addressing with his My Brother’s Keeper initiative.”

Within the year High Aspirations expects to add 42 new young men and six mentors to the program.

High Aspirations Spring Breakfast Banquet is this Saturday 3/298/2014 10:00 a.m. to Noon, at Penn Valley Community College 3201 SW Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64111 in the Education Center inside the Lecture Hall

VIP media parking is available in front of the Enrollment Center 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Founded in 2004, High Aspirations is a Kansas City, Mo.-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation supporting the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of African American males ages 8 to 18.

For more information, contact High Aspirations at www.highaspirationskc.org, or call Henry Wash at (816) 914-0983.

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