5000 Role Models Comes to Jax Students

Ribault High School students joined by Paul Wilson (far left - son of program founder Dr. Frederica Wilson), Superintendent Vitti, Sheriff Mike Williams, and Asst. Superintendent Larry Roziers.

The Duval County Public Schools is continuing to bolster its efforts and successes in improving the achievement levels and opportunities for minority boys with implementation of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project – a non for profit mentoring organization that was the brainchild of Cong. Frederica Wilson. DSCB members joined Sup. Vitti, administrators, and partners announced the initiative, which was established more than 20 years ago in Miami, Florida, to address the disproportionately high rates of poor achievement levels and at-risk behaviors among African-American males. Special guest Paul V. Wilson, son of 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project founder Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, also in attended. The Exellence Project was developed to provide African-American males with positive role models and experiences that empower them to make good choices and encourage healthy living, responsibility, respect and achievement.

Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, 500 students from 10 Duval middle and high schools will benefit from improved academic performance, reduced truancy, and increased pathways to success through positive interactions, experiences and opportunities. DCPS will recruit 500 area business and community leaders annually to serve as role models over a 10-year period.

DCPS Middle Schools involved include: Fort Caroline Middle; DuPont Middle; Jean Ribault Middle: J.E.B. Stuart Middle; Jefferson Davis Middle. High Schools include: Terry Parker High, Wolfson High, Jean Ribault High, Westside High and Robert E. Lee High.

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