With January being National Mentoring Month, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) recognized the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project (5000 RMOE). Since 2015, this project has empowered some of DCPS highest-need male students in elementary, middle and high school. 5000 RMOE can currently be found in 16 schools with Duval County, each with a site director who works with other mentors to lead weekly sessions centered around life skills, college, career, and more. Through these efforts, students are learning responsibility, achievement, and making good choices. Representing 5000 RMOE at the recognition was Events Coordinator, Willie Hall, with the Family and Community Engagement Department was Tia Leathers, and Director of Partnerships and Community Outreach Brandon Mack. Finally, several of the school site directors, mentors, and student role models also were present for the recognition.
The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project was founded in 1993 by Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson in Miami-Dade County. Currently the program now has chapters in Duval County, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Pinellas County and Detroit Public Schools. For more information on the Duval Chapter of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project visit www.duvalschools.org/5000rolemodels or contact Mr. Willie B. Hall at HallW1@duvalschools.org.
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