As a new program for the 2015-2016 school year, The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project serves 10 Duval middle and high schools.The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project will recruit 5,000 community mentors over a 10 year period (500 mentors annually) to serve as role models for young African-American males. The 500 students identified to participate in the inaugural year of the program will benefit from various academic and behavioral supports. The 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project aims to intervene in the lives of at-risk minority male youth in an effort to provide them with positive role models and experiences that will empower them to make good choices and encourage healthy living, responsibility, respect and achievement. Expected outcomes include improved academic performance, reduced truancy, fewer referrals and suspensions, and increased pathways to success through mentoring and diverse experiences.
Young men from grades 6 - 12 will participate in various cultural and educational experiences such as visits to college campuses, etiquette workshops, and job and career building trainings. Students will also serve as ambassadors for the program and the school district throughout the City of Jacksonville. Each school will have a 5000 Role Models of Excellence Site Director who will serve as club sponsors to facilitate speakers, field trips, and assist in mentor recruitment.
*PLEASE NOTE: Students are selected for participation by their school principals.
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- Provide opportunities for students (i.e. professional development, summer jobs, tours,etc.)
- Financial support to fund uniforms, travel, events, etc.
- Connect us with your employer or faith-based institution to recruit role models