100 boys from Atlanta-area schools were selected to come to Morehouse College to learn the true principles of manhood and the challenges that they must overcome to succeed in their future endeavors from Steve Harvey. From Nov. 18-20, the Steve Harvey Foundation held its annual mentoring weekend and it consisted of various skill-building activities that mirrored President Franklin’s Five Wells. Guest speakers expressed to the young boys the importance of high self-esteem, public speaking, and the importance of being well-dressed.
The young boys, along with their guardians, arrived on campus Friday evening to be greeted and welcomed by Harvey. Afterwards, the boys participated in “Head to Toe” workshops with the head of the Steve Harvey Suit Collection, Rich Rosa. Sosa taught the young men the importance of having a great suit. During the workshop, the boys’ guardians participated in the “Managing Your Life” parent program.
The following day, the boys participated in the “You Can be Me” panel discussion held in the Bank of America Auditorium, which was moderated by SiMan, a 107.5 radio personality. The panel members consisted of renowned cardiologist, Dr. Christopher Leggett, BET’s “Let’s Stay Together” actor RonReaco Lee, owner of Wade Ford Inc, Steve Ewing, Morehouse alum and attorney, Hakim Hilliard, and V-103 radio personality Gregg Street. Each guest volunteered their time to tell their journey to achieving their own goals. Street explained his daily duties and the long hours each boy needs to put in to achieve success.
“Life is about doing what you enjoy,” Street said.
“Excellence is a way of life,” Leggett said when explaining his career path and how faith plays an important role in his life every day.
Hililard recounted some his past experiences in law school and explained to the boys how sometimes he would become nervous when had to speak in front his classmates. Although public speaking made him uncomfortable, Hilliard realized that it was something he had to master. He also told the boys it is a great quality to not always want to speak, because it can prevent you from listening effectively.
“You don’t have to be the person that talks the most because the person who is quiet is sometimes the smartest person in the room,” Hilliard said.
Atlanta based film producer, Will Packer, also spoke to the young boys and gave them insight into his experience working in Hollywood during his “I Am Power” conversation. He explained to the participants the importance of staying motivated in times of adversity. The weekend did not only consist of lectures and discussion, but fun activities as well. They participated in campus tours, film screenings, and a football game on Morehouse’s football field.
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