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Published on July 28th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Columbia Non-Profits Join To Host 3rd Manhood Symposium

Pictured from left; O. Gerard Droze, Michael J. Holoman and Jabari S. Price

COLUMBIA, SC— The Makings of a Man Foundation, Concerned Black Men of Columbia, and YNOTU2 have partnered to host the 3rd Annual Principals of Manhood Symposium. The event will be held at Virginia College (7201 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223) on August 8, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

“We’re dedicated to being a positive impact on the young men of the Greater Columbia community,” said Jimmie Wright of Concerned Black Men of Columbia. “To be effective we have to be consistent, and that’s why I’m glad we’re able to do this for the third straight year.”

The Principals of Manhood Symposium will focus on the importance and impact of young men having a vision for themselves and their community. Community leaders will be speaking to the young men about their personal visions and how important it is for the youth to have a vision for their lives. There will also be a panel discussion to address issues and questions the young men may have about being a visionary.

“A lot of young men have an idea of where they want to be, but they have no plan  as to how to get there,” said Jabari Price of The Board of Directors, “We hope through this event they can walk away with a concrete vision of their future and also the tools to make it a reality.”

This year, for the first time, YNOTU2 comes on board as a partner for the event. YNOTU2 works to help underserved and disadvantaged job seekers develop the job skills, competence, confidence, and connections to meaningful, gainful and secure employment.  Additionally, they help employers see beyond disabilities and past offenses and focus on the benefits of employing highly trained and reliable employees.

“Partnering with The Makings of a Man Foundation and Concerned Black Men of Columbia is a natural fit,” said Kimani Davis, Founder of YNOTU2. “The character lessons they teach translate not only to how young men function at home or with their friends, but also in the workplace. Employment is a key component of a stable family unit. It all works together.”

“We’re excited to see this event get larger every year,” said Gerard Droze of The Board of Directors. “The more young men we’re able to reach, the more effective change we can have on Columbia, as well as the state of South Carolina. Better lives for young men results in better lives for us all.”

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