*CHICAGO, IL – Gear up for an inspiring weekend of powerful connection and mentorship, personal transformation, leadership and more, when talk show and “Family Feud” host, comedian, best-selling author, and top radio host Steve Harvey and The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation bring The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men to Chicago, to host 100 young men at Chicago State University on November 15 – 17th.
Selected via application, mentees who will participate in The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men in Chicago come from a single female-headed household in the Chicago metro area, and are between 13-18 years old and in grades 8-12. The young men will take part in a dynamic transformative weekend experience with an array of male mentors and motivating sessions that share invaluable life lessons, including navigating the expectations and principles of manhood, team building, sports and fitness, tools to build success, and more.
With staggering statistics that estimate 1 out of 3 children in the U.S. are living in fatherless households, The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is driven to empower the futures of young men who may be experiencing personal challenges in their vital teenage years, to provide guidance and welcome leaders that help strengthen their journey to manhood, and take charge towards reaching their dreams and utmost potential as positive, successful men. Hosting revelatory sessions and stimulating activities, during the Chicago mentoring camp weekend the young men will join together for team building and physical fitness with the U.S. Army, frank sessions on manhood, building personal enrichment and uplifting social fellowship, an educational expo, a fashion challenge, talent showcase, a closing ceremony that will include special awards presentations, and other resources that continue positive personal and social development.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will also support the weekend’s programming and introduce participants to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by conducting a 3-hour, hands-on automotive design project, the Fuel Cell Challenge. Under the challenge, the boys will use a fuel cell as the primary power source to design, build and test prototype vehicles. The challenge enables participants to explore physical science concepts, mathematics concepts, and environmental concepts such as green design. Chicago State University, where the program is being held, is a leading institution in producing minority graduates in STEM fields.
The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men in Chicago at Chicago State University includes support from the U.S. Army, Coca-Cola, K&G Fashion Superstore, V103 Chicago (102.7-FM), Big Daddy’s BBQ, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Harold’s Chicken, and more. For any additional information on the Chicago mentoring camp program, please visit: www.SteveHarveyMentoring.com.
In a separate initiative, The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation is also hosting a Steve Harvey Mentoring Campaign event on the evening of Thursday, November 14th at the New Beginnings Church of Chicago. Illuminating the ongoing need for mentors in this nationwide initiative, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Campaign hosts a major mentor recruitment drive to inspire men to become mentors in the Chicago metro area, including a lively discussion giving voice to the issues and needs impacting the young men in Chicago today, with speakers and local organizations including Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago, the U.S. Army, Enoch Muhammad of Hip Hop Detoxx, National Youth Alliance, Project HOOD, Chicago State University, V103 Chicago (102.7-FM), and more.
About The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation
The mission of The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to provide outreach to fatherless children and young adults by promoting educational enrichment, one-on-one mentoring and global service initiatives that will cultivate the next generation of leaders. Two cornerstone programs include The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men, which mentors young men who are without fathers, and the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend. For information about The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men, the Girls Who Rule the World Mentoring Weekend or to make a donation, please visit www.SMHarveyFoundation.org.
About Chicago State University
Chicago State University (CSU) is a public, comprehensive university that provides access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The university fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience. CSU is committed to teaching, research, service and community development including social justice, leadership and entrepreneurship. In addition to being a higher education provider, CSU also has a broad impact on the surrounding communities of Chicago by serving as a beacon of community engagement and activity such as hosting The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program.
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