ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The inspiration to establish Well-Suited for Manhood as a male development program came after organizing a Manhood Symposium for a church in Detroit, Michigan and as a direct response to President Barak Obama’ My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. In an effort to counteract the negative image and low self-esteem of young males, the idea of educating young males (particularly African American) about the importance of character and self-image was conceived. On October 7, 2015, Well-Suited for Manhood was registered with the Wayne County Clerk’s office doing business as an Assumed Name.
The mission of Well-Suited for Manhood is to develop the positive self-image and character of young males, (particularly African American) by encouraging them to make positive C.H.O.I.C.E.S. (Choose Healthy Options that Instill Character in Every Situation) as they transition into manhood.
The goals of Well-Suited for Manhood are to:
• Develop moral character and personal maturity
• Build/Improve self-awareness and self-confidence
• Present positive images and perceptions of young males
• Teach respect for self, women, authority and others.
• Provide young males with reliable role models to support and encourage them to manhood
The specific objectives are as follows:
• To improve the self-image and self-esteem of young males by providing opportunities that will inspire and encourage their ambitions, and develop their character.
• To provide an opportunity for constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas and viewpoints surrounding issues affecting males.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Well Suited for Manhood Program. I was a young adult when I became involved with this program, and never gave much thought about what my future goals would be in life. This program taught me not only to value my appearance but also my self-worth. The Program taught me about maintaining a professional appearance, goal setting, the value of education, and conflict resolution. This program was invaluable to me later on in life as I began my professional career. Which I can say has been full of achievements and promotions over the past fourteen years. The lessons learned through the Well-Suited Program have shaped my professional career and instilled a want to achieve more. The skills and lessons learned in this program can also be applied to your personal life as well. I believe the next generation of males needs to be involved in this program to learn how to become productive members of society.
In life, we should all have someone to guide us through our youth to adulthood. In most cases some do, but in a single parent household it’s challenging. There are many that waste their talent on unproductive things some being juvenile crime. In my life, I had an uncle name John Moses. He groomed me to work hard to obtain what I desired, standout from the crowd, and always have goals. John Moses has polished me to be the man I am today. He has thought me the importance of being on time, dress like you have your dream job, and take responsibility for your actions. Just as my uncle helped me, I am certain that his leadership and passion for the Well-Suited for Manhood program will be an inspiration to other young males.