Episode #058: Male Youth Empowerment Program with Antioch Rotary

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On this episode, I chat with Tirrell Muhammad of the Antioch Rotary Club about the Male Youth Empowerment Program with the Antioch Unified School District. We are joined by the Kings Conference Leaders which include Antioch High School Vice Principal Stephon Cartwright and teacher Timothy Mays.

We get into the Kings Program and how it is helping 150 male youths at the High School and Middle School grade levels by working to create good character with young men. The Manhood Development Program through the African American Male Achievement Initiative which they have been working on for more than 3-years. It gone from a Summer Program to an end of school day class.

During the Rotary event, the Panel featured Antioch’s own, Najee Harris (running back at Alabama), Former City of Antioch Mayor Wade Harper, City of Antioch’s Chief of Police Tammany Brooks, Former NFL Oakland Raider Akili Calhoun; Former NFL Washington Redskin & Pittsburg Steelers Anthony Trucks.

 

  • 01:49 – How Rotary got connected with the Kings Program with Cartwright and Mays. An overview of the program is provided.
  • 04:20 – Mays explains how the program helps youths get through the school day and how to focus on the educational piece each day. They start the day with opening circle and the idea of being able to see everybody and talk about how they are feeling and check in with each other for additional support if needed.
  • 05:23 – What happens if someone does need help in this classroom model. They talk about how the program is a “brotherhood” where people can lean and support on one another.
  • 08:18 – Tirrell talks about how the Kings Program impressed Rotary and how they brought in some of the students that reflected the program – these leaders showcased the fruit of the product with integrity, character, ethical, carrying themselves in a professional manner.
  • 10:00 – Looking at Antioch High School and what some of these kids are overcoming, how we don’t find out how we can help until the story is written and they overcome adversity.
  • 13:02 – Mays explains how when he was in school and behind 100 credits, what clicked for him to get him on track.
  • 16:40 – Cartwright explains how now the “queens” now want their own program because the program is helping kids be successful and changing, he narrative.
  • 18:29 – We get into a possible parent boot camp concept.
  • 20:30 – Cartwright explains the concept of a street kid wearing a suite and watch the mind change and the concept of dressing for concept.
  • 22:24 – We into how Rotary and the Kings Program came about.
  • 24:13 – we talk about the panelist which include Tammany Brooks, Wade Harper, Anthony Trucks, Akili Calhoun and Najee Harris. How the panel was selected.
  • 31:25 – we talk about the format of the event and how it was created—the importance of breakout sessions.
  • 35:00 – Why can’t Antioch, when it talks about youth programs, invest in programs that are already in the city and successful vs. bringing in new ones.
  • 36:12 – What is Stephon and Timothy are most excited about for the event.
  • 39:08 – What are the goals that they hope is achieved through this collaborative.

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