The 100 Black Men of Stamford are holding their first annual Young Men of Color Summit – at the University of Connecticut/Stamford on Saturday May 11, 2019. This is a major, new chapter initiative to bring together male minority students from the greater Stamford area. We are expecting to bring together about 100 students for this inaugural event.
The day runs from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM and features two dynamic Keynote Speakers – Dr. Steve Perry and Mr. Derek Ferguson that have navigated numerous life challenges to becoming highly successful role models. There are also three 60-minute interactive workshops included in the day that each build off the prior session. These small group gatherings will be situated around a working lunch with the subject matter covered as follows:
- Session 1 – Brainstorming to develop and capture individual dreams and goals
- Session 2 – Finding a career pathway that will lead to a meaningful life
- Session 3 – Understanding the changing job marketplace over next 5 years
Our goal in hosting this event is to helpprovide these high school students with a path to identify broad concepts of success thus creating a positive and practical vision for their future. Early exposure to new career opportunities and hands on experience is critical in connecting with these young men.
We are partnering with a local organization Future 5 (www.futurefive.org) that focuses on assisting motivated, low-income minority high school students in Stamford, CT to reach their full potential, leading to independence and productive citizenship. The goal is to connect those students to the people, resources, and experiences essential to making the transition to post-secondary education and careers. We have held series of joint programs over the past year and this is our largest collaboration to date.
We are also collaborating with Indeed (www.indeed.com) a major player in the on-line recruiting and placement space. Their Black Inclusion Group (BIG) has been instrumental in sharing information about the latest trends in the job market and where some unique opportunities exist for our High School population.
Our entire chapter is very excited about this new program and its potential to further transform how we deliver value to our local community.