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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 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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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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