100 African American Mentors & 500 Youth at 4th Annual Breaking Barriers: Real Men Moving Forward

100 African American male mentors ready to lead and 500 male youth yearning for change

“4th Annual Breaking Barriers: Real Men Moving Forward,” is a day-long mentoring forum hosted by a partnership of organizations. The event, first held in 2008, is designed to connect African American boys ages 10-18 with men from the community who can help youth see and believe in the possibilities of a solid future.

Illinois State Senators Emil Jones, III, and Donne Trotter are among the legislative and community leaders and organizations taking part in this mentoring event. Key organizers/partners include Metropolitan Family Services, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Chicago State University.

Guest Speakers:

  • “Kwesi” Ronald Harris, Director, African American Male Resource Center, Chicago State University
  • Dr. Chandra Gill, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Blackademically Speaking®

Friday, July 20, 2012
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Umoja People and Ayodele Drum & Dance
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m “Kwesi” Ronald Harris
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mentor & Youth Discussion Panel
  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch – Featuring mentoring sessions with youth/adults
  • 12:45 p. m. – 1:15 p.m. Jesse White Tumblers
  • 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Dr. Chandra Gill, Ph.D.
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. South Shore Drill Team
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Conclusion

Chicago State University
9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois
Jones Convocation Center

About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services gives hope and help to families. We are human service leaders, dedicated to strengthening low-income, Chicago-area families. Families are the heart of strong communities, and we invest in services to help them reach their full potential. Metropolitan serves 43,000 families and individuals annually through seven community centers in the city and suburbs.