Boys to men: Mentoring program to visit Lowery Elementary fifth grade boys

Leslie D. Rose @DvilleNewsie
A Young Men of Character field trip to Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge.

     On Friday, boys at Lowery Elementary School will dress in suits to attend a program specifically geared towards helping them become prosperous men.

     The program, Young Men of Character Mentoring Day, is led by a group of men, including Renard Southall of Assumption Parish.

     “We have four schools, with the focus on fifth grade boys during the impressionable years of their lives,” Southall said.

     The program at-large features speakers, field trips and one-on-one meetings with students who may have violated the program’s code of conduct, but still may participate.

     Southall referred to the Lowery Program as a highlighted amplified version of the Young Men of Character Mentoring Program, as a means of exposing the positive works the group has been doing in its community schools.

     While guest speakers have yet to be confirmed, Southall said that the speakers will reinforce good performance and the six pillars of character within the students.

     Lowery Principal Dawn Love said she is excited about the opportunity her students have to work with honorable mentors.

     “The Young Men of Character Day at Lowery Elementary is a true testament to the support of our community stakeholders,” Love said. “We are so grateful that so many men are willing to devote their time to investing in the lives of our young men.

     Our fifth graders are inspired and motivated by the experiences provided by this group, and I look forward to seeing the impact their work has on the future of our students."