Boys Will Be Men: Steve Harvey’s Mentoring Program For Young Men Comes To Detroit

29 Jul

by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor


During the weekend of September 27-29, 120 lucky young men will experience a powerful and life-changing weekend of learning, inspiration and empowerment. In partnership with WMXD-FM, Fifth Third Bank is sponsoring The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men at the Northwest Activities Center. The program is a two-day, two-night program designed to teach young men between the ages of 13 through 18 the principles of manhood. The program is open to young men in the 13-18 age range who live in a single, female-headed household. The goal of the program is to help the participants of the program realize their potential and to help break misguided ideas about manhood and introduce role models that portray a positive image of manhood.

Since 2009, more than 700 boys across the country have participated in The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men, chosen from thousands of applications. In 2009, The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend began conducting The Steve Harvey Regional Mentoring Program. Regional programs were launched in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Atlanta.

The program duplicates The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men’s national camp core program in Dallas and includes a series of workshops and breakout sessions that focus on personal responsibility, dream building, and the importance of nutrition and physical fitness. The workshops are conducted by positive role models from business, the military, entertainment, media and from the local area.

The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men was created in direct response to calls to action from the community to help break through the negative influences that play a significant role in whether young men who come from challenging environments become successful or not.

This month, WMXD is airing announcements encouraging listeners to engage young men to qualify by simply registering on the WMXD website for an opportunity to be chosen to participate in the weekend. Registrants will be asked to write a short essay with subject matter that includes what it is like to grow up without a father and how they think the camp can change their lives. The registration process will end around August 20. All applicants should be between the ages of 13-18 and be in Grades 8-11 during the time of application and essay submission.

Fifth Third will offer young men assistance at the Fifth Third eBus on August 15 at the Northwest Activities Center. Young men interested in submitting an application and essay will have an opportunity to write their essay with the assistance of a writing coach who will be on hand at the bus to help applicants smooth over any rough spots in their essay submissions.

The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is one of four community programs in the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation. The goals and mission of the foundation is to instill the principles of integrity, responsibility, respect, honesty, patience, discipline, service and courage in the young people who take part in their programs.

To get more information about The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men, find out about how to become a mentor or donate to the organization, you can visit their website at


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