Communities in Schools (CIS) of Jacksonville and the Students Outreach Attendance and Results (S.O.A.R.) program at Northwestern Middle School held their 2nd Annual “Man-Up” Symposium for the young males of Northwestern Middle School. The purpose of the “Man-Up” program is to teach ‘manhood’ to male students and provide them with a strong sense of purpose for achieving in school. This year’s theme focused on respect and responsibility. Speakers discussed a wide range of topics that were vitally important to the growth of black males. Topics of discussion included: respect, responsibility, entrepreneurship, goal setting, leadership, relationships, and peer pressure.
After the program, students joined the speakers in the school’s media center for more personal interaction with the guest speakers. Guest speakers on the dais included: Arvin Johnson, Principal Northwestern Middles School, Leon Baxton, Chief Operating Officer (CIS), Will Jordan, (CIS), Virgil Wright, Department of Juvenile Justice, Dr. Brent Sears, D.D.S., Cleve Warren, Florida State College of Jacksonville, and Dante Jennings, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Raines High School male senior students.