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Concerned Black Men of Richmond Holds Social Etiquette Class for Youth

June 14, 2019 by  
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June 9, 2019

 

Greetings all,

The Concerned Black Men of RVA held our “Social Etiquette: Doing it with class” activity on Saturday, May 25th.  As in the past, it was held at Ristorante La Grotta, a world class fine dining establishment in downtown Richmond.  The event was well attended even though we had to make a schedule change.  Everyone was on time, well dressed and had a great experience putting into practice what we covered earlier in the program.

La Grotta 2019

 The food and staff were great as usual and most of the boys knew what to expect.   They were presented with a four course meal with a choice of entrées consisting of Salmon topped with shrimp, Veal Scaloppini and Filet of Chicken.  For dessert there was cheesecake or chocolate ice cream.

 

La Grotta 2019

This event is a very important facet of our mission in exposing our youth to diverse cultures and enhancing life skills.

La Grotta 2019

La Grotta 2019

We presented Tony and Andrea Capece with a token of our appreciation for their continued support of the Concerned Back Men of RVA! They are truly special friends and their generosity is greatly impacting young men that we serve.

We would like to thank each of you for your patronage and interest in our organization as we come to the close of our program this year!  Your support enabled us to take the boys to Monticello, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and to the IMAX Theatre in the Science Museum!  The Concerned Black Men of RVA are looking forward to doing greater things next year and we hope that you will spread the word and continue to give assistance to us as we serve our youth.

 

Thank you again
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond conducts Part 1 of Etiquette Essentials with Youth

May 17, 2019 by  
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May 8, 2019

 

Greetings all,

The Concerned Black Men of RVA conducted the “Etiquette Essentials” activity on Saturday, April 13.  It was conducted in the conference room of the 21 Building where our office is located and was well attended by the youth as well as mentors.  We started by going over what is expected of them while attending the fine dining activity at Ristorante La Grotta this month.  Most of the mentees in attendance have participated in the activity in the past and we asked them to share their past experience with the group.  Each of them had a different perspective and was able to expound on the importance of conducting themselves properly in a fine dining establishment.

 

Etiquette Pt1 2019

Etiquette Pt1 2019

This year we added a trip to the Science Museum of Virginia to see a movie in the Dome Theatre entitled “Wild Africa”.  This was a first time seeing an IMAX movie for a couple of the mentees and they really enjoyed the experience.

Etiquette Pt1 2019

Everyone had a great time during this activity and was very well behaved!

The Concerned Black Men of RVA cannot thank you all enough for your interest and support of our organization.  We strive to engage the mentees in activity that enhance their life skills and increases their intellectual curiosity.  Your support ensures that money will not be an impediment to our mission in caring for our youth.  By impacting the young men we impact the community and by impacting the community we impact the world.

Etiquette Pt1 2019

Sincerely,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond held Baseball Fundamentals activity with Youth

April 10, 2019 by  
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April 7, 2019

 

The Concerned Black Men of RVA held a “Baseball Fundamentals” on March 23rd.  It was produced by Tommy DeVaughn and conducted by Coaches Milton Parker and Darryl Husband from the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League a Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) affiliate.  The activity was held on the baseball field at Fairfield Middle School.

The coaches also brought 7 MJBL players with them to assist with instruction.

Baseball Fun 2019

Coach Parker explained how baseball can be a route to achieving a college education and that a few of the young men in attendance were already being recruited by Division 1 schools!

Next the boys warmed up by stretching and went through some basic instruction on throwing, catching and base running.

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

A few of the mentees had their first real exposure to playing baseball.  The MJBL players were very patient with the youth; they were able to pick up some of the techniques quickly.

Everyone got a chance to participate with each of the fundamentals and really enjoyed themselves despite the cold breeze that persisted for the entire activity.

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

A few of the mentees showed some real aptitude for the game and caught the eye of the coaches.  They could not wait to get to the batting segment of the activity.

They soon found out that it is harder than it appears!

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

Everyone enjoyed themselves and learned a few things as well. 

Afterwards, the coaches expressed their appreciation for the effort put forth by all and reiterated how baseball is a great way to become a professional athlete.

Coach Husband shared an acronym for FAITH: Focus, Attitude, Integrity, Teamwork and Hustle.   

Baseball Fun 2019

Baseball Fun 2019

I would again like to thank Tommy DeVaughn for introducing us to Coaches, Milton Parker and Darryl Husband of the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League for putting on an outstanding event!

Also, I want to give a shout to Dominant, Darryl, Chase, Noah, Terrance and Rashaun for staying after their practice to teach our youth some basic fundamentals of the game of baseball.  

The Concerned Black Men of RVA would again thank each of you for your interest and contributions to our organization.  You play a major role in our mission to impact the youth that we serve with impactful activities to enhance their life skills and development. 

Thank you again!

 

Sincerely,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond held annual Public Speaking event at Franklin Military Academy with Toastmasters of Richmond

March 30, 2019 by  
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March 26, 2019

 

Greetings and salutations!

The Concerned Black Men of RVA held our annual “Public Speaking” event, Saturday, March 9th.   It was held at Franklin Military Academy and conducted by Nancy Johnson and Jeanette Hall-Merritt from the Toastmasters of Richmond.

Public Speaking 2019

There were 13 youth and 6 mentors in attendance for this activity.  They started the event with an exercise where the boys were instructed to line up according to their birthdays without talking. This proved to be problematic until they noticed the calculator caddy in the room that made it a lot easier to complete.

Public Speaking 2019

Next, Jeanette talked about the importance of using gestures when speaking.  She showed how when used properly, they can really enhance your ability to convey a message.

 

Public Speaking 2019

They were then shown a video from the speech given by a Toastmasters Champion and discussed how he used gestures and as well as other techniques to deliver his message.

Public Speaking 2019

 

Public Speaking 2019

Public Speaking 2019

 

Public Speaking 2019

The boys were then given the opportunity to use what they were taught.  Each of them was instructed to pull a rock from a bag which had one word on it such as believe, hope and love.  They spoke for between one and two minutes and did an outstanding job!  Not to be out done by the boys, the mentors each had a chance to show what we could do.

Public Speaking 2019

Public Speaking 2019

The Concerned Black Men of RVA made the decision several years ago to incorporate this activity in our curriculum annually and we are seeing remarkable growth in the boys who consistently participate in this event.

 

Public Speaking 2019

 Thomas Cannon presented Nancy Johnson and Jeanette Hall-Merritt with one of our CBM mugs as we thanked them for continuing to assist us with this activity.

Public Speaking 2019

Afterwards we made our trek to Pizza Hut where the boys enjoyed some food for their hard work.

 

Public Speaking 2019

The Concerned Black Men of RVA would again thank each of you for your interest and contributions to our organization.  You play a major role in our mission to impact the youth that we serve with impactful activities to enhance their life skills and development. 

Thank you again!

Sincerely,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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Concerned Black Men of Richmond and Youth Visits VMFA for Black History Month

March 9, 2019 by  
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March 4, 2019

 

Greetings all!

The Concerned Black Men of Richmond VA, Inc. recognized Black History Month with a visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.  It took place on Saturday, February 23rd and was well attended.

Black History VMFA 2019

The tour was led by Ann Carlton and we saw the African Art and the Contemporary African American Art exhibits.  The youth corps was very engaged and well behaved during the entire tour.  Ms. Carlton was very knowledgeable about the culture and purpose of the African Art and took time to explain the significance of many of the pieces exhibited.

Black History VMFA 2019

The Contemporary African American Art exhibit was comprised of pieces from slavery, the Harlem Renaissance Period and up to many of the current African American artisans.

Black History VMFA 2019

Ms. Carlton talks about painter Kehinde Wiley who did the portrait of President Barack Obama.

Black History VMFA 2019

Black History VMFA 2019

The tour lasted about an hour. It was noted by some of the high school students that they recognized some of the artists from the Harlem Renaissance period because they are currently studying that in school.

We were accompanied on the tour by Allison Bennett Dyche, a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Concerned Black Men of Richmond VA will be the subject for her podcast called “Shift”, where she tells stories of people and places, and the shifts they have made to help create their place in this world.

 

Black History VMFA 2019

Allison interviewed the boys at the conclusion of the tour to get their opinion on the event as well as the programs that we provide.

Again, we would like to thank each of you for your continued patronage of the Concerned Black Men of Richmond!  It means the world to the young men that we serve and ensures that we will continue to impact the community in a positive way.

Sincerely,
Timothy Mallory
President-CBM-RVA

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