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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 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 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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