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Concerned Black Men of Richmond Conducted ‘What To Do When Stopped by the Police’ Activity with Youth

April 10, 2020 by  
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March 30, 2020

Greetings,

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond conducted an activity we called “What To Do When Stopped by the Police”.  This event was organized by William Friday, Deputy Chief of Business Services and CBMRVA mentor. It was held at the Richmond Police Academy on March 7th on the campus of Virginia Union University.

Police Safety 2020

The activity started with a check-in and a brief history of the facility. The group was then shown a wall of portraits of all police officers that were killed in the line of duty.

Police Safety 2020

We then proceeded to a classroom where the officers elaborated on the police’s role in protecting the citizens while enforcing state laws.  Officer El Amin explained how he became a policeman and told of his experiences getting through the academy. He turned on his radio and explained how they handle calls and shared a few anecdotal stories from his past experiences. 

Police Safety 2020

Captain Hall and Officer El Amin shared some interesting statistics regarding police interactions with citizens and how they differ from the public’s perception.

Police Safety 2020

They showed many of the tools that they use in the field and discussed how they deal with various situations that present themselves during daily patrols.

Police Safety 2020

Police Safety 2020

Next, it was time for role play.  Several mentees were presented with a situation where they were pulled over as suspects with a gun in the car. The officers explained how they approach the vehicle and the proper reaction that the passengers should exhibit.

Police Safety 2020

Police Safety 2020

This was a great exercise for the youth to be a part of and they all took some priceless life instruction from it. 

They also got an opportunity to put on a bullet proof vest and try their hand at being a police officer.  The officers loaded the simulator and armed them with pepper spray and a Taser to approach different perpetrators in a couple of scenarios. 

Police Safety 2020

Police Safety 2020

The mentees got an inside look into the work that our policemen do daily to protect our lives, their lives and to preserve order in today’s society.

This activity is exactly the type of information that the Concerned Black Men of RVA is attempting to arm our young men with so they may be better able to navigate the many pitfalls that today’s society will present.

Police Safety 2020

I would like to thank William Friday, Captain John Hall and Officer Farrhard El Amin for putting together such an impactful event!

Thanks to each of you for your support of the Concerned Black Men of RVA!  We are looking forward to continuing our work with the youth as soon as the concern over the pandemic subsides.  It is truly making a difference in their development.

Be safe!

 

Sincerely,
Tim Mallory,
President CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond and Youth Visits Black History Museum & Culture Center

March 22, 2020 by  
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March 9, 2020

Greetings,

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond recognized “Black History Month” by visiting the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia.  We toured the museum on Saturday February 22th.

There were 2 floors filled with examples of black men, women and children from Virginia that changed our country as well as the world. The visit began with a history of the museum by Adele Johnson, the Executive Director of the BHMVA.  She is very passionate and knowledgeable about each exhibit and gave a brief overview of each one at the center.

 

Black History 2020

 

Black History 2020


Black History 2020

Everyone came away from this visit with a renewed understanding and knowledge of our unique place in the formation of our state and country. 

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond strive each month to stimulate the imaginations and aspirations of our youth through activities such as this.  Thanks to caring people in the community and beyond such as yourselves, we continue to show our mentees that their possibilities truly are limitless. Again, thank you for your support.  It means the world to the Concerned Black Men of Richmond and the youth we serve.

 

Sincerely,
Tim Mallory,
President CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond Kicks Off 2020 with Career Options Activity at Franklin Military Academy

January 31, 2020 by  
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January 29, 2020

Greetings all!

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond kicked off 2020 with a Career Options activity.  It was conducted on January 11th at Franklin Military Academy and was well attended. 

This year we concentrated on IT, Engineering and Armed Services as options.  Oliver Norrell, a current CBM mentor started off by discussing the requirements and benefits of entering the military.  He explained how he was able to go to college and obtained a law degree from the University of Richmond through the military.

Career Choices 2020

Oliver also talked about the different types of lawyers in the military as well as in civilian society.

Winford Hill, a former CBM mentor has a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and currently works with US Department of Defense. 

Career Choices 2020

He explained the different types of engineering and the path that he took to achieve his career goals. Winford currently specializes in guidance systems and elaborated on how a career in engineering has afforded him the opportunity to work in other countries as well.

 

Next, Dondre Green and Charles Hill spoke about a career in the Information Technology field.  They both work as IT Logistic Analysts for a government contractor supporting the Army’s logistic software and users.  They both have served in the armed forces and explained the pros and cons of certifications as opposed to formal college education. 

 

Career Choices 2020

Career Choices 2020

We concluded the program with Kevin Carter, a current CBM mentor and former presenter for the Career Options event.  He is an engineer with Dominion Energy and has a degree in accounting.  Kevin elaborated on how an internship program got him in the door with Dominion Energy and that led him to an engineering position.

 

Career Choices 2020

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond diligently seek out ways to motivate and inspire our boys.  There are several young men who have expressed interest in these fields, so we found some great examples for them to rub shoulders with and ask any questions that may assist them on their journey. 

Thank you to each of you who have supported us as we endeavor to provide our youth with programs that promote positive role models for them to emulate. It means the world to us and the youth that we serve.

Sincerely,
Tim Mallory,
President CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond Attends 31st Annual 2nd Street Festival & Holds Music Activity with Youth & Grammy Award Winning Composer Lamont Fleming

November 22, 2019 by  
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November 10, 2019

Greetings all!

Last month the Concerned Black Men of Richmond began the month at the 2nd Street Festival on October 5th & 6th in historic Jackson Ward. This is a celebration of African American Art & Culture that has taken place for 31 years.  We manned our table on community row and met with politicians, former mentors and the community at large to tell how we are continuing to impact the youth in the Richmond area.

2nd St 2019

Senator Jennifer McClellan with CBM

 

2nd St 2019

2nd St 2019

This is always a great opportunity for the Concerned Black Men of Richmond to recruit new mentors and mentees for our organization!

Next, we had our first youth activity, “Music – Inside Look” on Saturday October 12th. The event was conducted by Lamont Fleming, a Grammy Award winning composer who has worked with artists such as Chris Brown and Destiny’s Child.

Music 2019

Lamont and Markel Bealle prerecorded a music track and worked with the youth on developing a hook and other facets of song composition for them to put together. 

 

Music 2019

 

Music 2019

They had a great time putting the song together and actually completed the first verse (a rap) and the hook!  Lamont did a great job encouraging the boys to pursue their dreams and to strive for excellence in all their endeavors. 

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond really appreciates the time and effort that Lamont and Markel put into putting on this event. We hope that we can get together again to possibly finish the song. It warms our hearts to see men of that stature give their time and share their talents with other young men!

Thank each of you for your interest and support of the Concerned Black Men of Richmond.  You are making a difference in the lives of the youth that we serve and the community.

Sincerely,
Tim Mallory, President CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond Held 2019-2020 Orientation Meeting at Franklin Military Academy

October 27, 2019 by  
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October 20, 2019

 

Greetings all!

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond started the 2019/20 session with an orientation meeting on September 14th at Franklin Military Academy.  The history of the organization was given along with an introduction of the mentors in attendance.  We provided the parents and guardians with a summary of last year’s activities and a calendar for this session.  The mentees then introduced themselves and reviewed the code of conduct for the mentees. 

Orientation 2019

Last March, the Concerned Black Men of Richmond conducted a “Baseball Fundamentals” clinic with The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League.  They have a relationship with a baseball team in the Bahamas that was severely impacted by Hurricane Dorian and were conducting a supply drive at The Diamond on Arthur Ashe Boulevard.  We reached out to Coach Husband and asked for a list of the supplies that they were requesting.  The Concerned Black Men of Richmond donated several cases of peanut butter to assist them in their relief effort.   

Orientation 2019

Orientation 2019

We have some very exciting activities planned for the youth this session!  Thank each of you for your interest and support of the Concerned Black Men of Richmond.  You are making a difference in the lives of the youth that we serve and the community.

 

Sincerely,
Tim Mallory,
President CBM-RVA

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