“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity,” is the first verse of one of my favorite scriptures Psalms 133. The premise of this powerful scripture was the motivation for the MVP Foundation’s All-In Mentoring Program 1st Black Male Cipher (“BMC”) with our 8th graders KIPP Tulsa last Friday November 21st.
The BMC was a great success as the above video shows as we had 12 positive, successful Black men take off from work to come and spend quality time with our young men. We believe that it is imperative that young Black men interact with positive Black male role models. It is even more important for them to see successful Black men who come from the same community as they do. The more Black men surrounding our young Black men, the more likely they are to realize there are countless ways to succeed and reach their limitless potential. Further, the BMC was a time for our young men to get an opportunity to understand the importance of networking and understanding how to create relationships.
The All-In Program is a year around weekly mentoring Program specifically designed to inform, inspire, and empower Black boys to be great men. The Program presented an interactive, application-based curriculum for young men raised in households without an active father/father figure. The Program goes beyond academic instruction and focused on relevant and practical life and social skills critical to success in society.