Local Men of Color Take Youth’s Future Into Their Own Hands Through 5000 Role Models Program

Ten students each from Terry Parker, Wolfson, Ribault, Westside, Robert E. Lee, Ft. Caroline Middle, Dupont Middle, Ribault Middle, Jeb Stuart Middle and Jeff Davis Middle traveled to the Capitol. Shown on the front lines are some of the coalition’s chaperones including ILA Local 1408 President Vincent Cameron, Rep. Reggie Fullwood and activist Tony Hill.

Representative Reggie Fullwood, along with other members of a Duval Delegation, traveled with 100 students and their chaperones from Duval County Public Schools’ (DCPS) 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project for a day at the Capitol last week.

The Duval County Public Schools adopted and modeled its 5000 Role Models of Excellence project after Miami-Dade’s 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project at the request of DCPS Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Larry Roziers. Both projects address the needs and concerns of at-risk minority boys and attempts to engage them with positive experiences that will give them hope and a different outlook on their future. Through mentoring and hands-on involvement from positive professional males, 5000 Role Models of Excellence teaches boys about healthy living, responsibility, respect, and how to attain future goals. Mr. Roziers says, “The old saying is true …how can I become something great; if I have never seen an example of greatest.” Since its start, 5000 Role Models of Excellence has gained the support of educators, judges, pastors, political leaders, law enforcement and several businesses.

The students’ visit to the Capitol included a tour of FAMU, the historic and new Capitols, a mock debate, legislative scavenger hunt, admittance and recognition during session and lunch on the 22nd Floor of the New Capitol Building. Representative Fullwood said, “I am excited and humbled to help provided this opportunity for male students of Duval County. Youth of color need to see men who look like them in positive roles, doing positive things.” Fullwood added, “Exposure, consistency and building awareness of the unlimited possibilities that each child has is a key component of motivating our youth. My colleagues and I are looking forward to hosting these young men and continuing our support of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence program.”

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