RED BANK: HELP FOR WOMEN RAISING BOYS

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

raising_him_aloneOn Thursday, April 14, the SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School is sponsoring an informative program designed for women raising young men alone in our community. “Helpful Hints for Raising Boys” takes place at the Red Bank Resource Network, 103 Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank, from 6 to 8 p.m.

According to Sean Macon, RBR clinician and organizer of the program, “This day is about demonstrating to mothers/grandmothers how they influence their child’s academic success, goals and future.  It is specifically designed to improve the lives of their male children.

“Additionally, we would like to use this program as a platform to promote positive reinforcement with the support of all community stakeholders.”

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RBR ‘BOYS 2 MEN’ DRESS FOR SUCCESS

DSC05499A Red Bank Regional High School “Boys 2 Men” facilitator teaches his students the art of tying a tie, while RBR football star Sadiq Palmer (below) poses in his selected paisley tie at the recent SOURCE-sponsored Dress for Success event.

 Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Sadiq“First Impressions could be lasting impressions,” Red Bank Regional High School Boys 2 Men facilitator and SOURCE clinician Sean Macon told the young men as they stood over a table carefully selecting their choice of tie. The neckwear was courtesy of RBR staff donations for the Boys to Men Dress for Success event, held at the school on January 11. Over 100 ties were donated for the program.

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LITTLE SILVER: FATHERS AND SONS AT RBR

RBR fatherhoodGuest speaker Matthew P. Stevens conducted several interactive exercises with RBR fathers and their sons during the “Fatherhood Initiative” program at Red Bank Regional.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

What happens when fathers are not at home?  That phenomenon accounts for 90 percent of the homeless and runaway children; 71 percent of high school dropouts, 75 percent of youth with chemical dependence, 70 percent of the incarcerated juveniles; and a five-fold increase in the suicide rate.

To mitigate these dire statistics, a group of Red Bank Regional High School fathers were invited to come to their son’s school earlier this month, to take part in “The Fatherhood Initiative” — an evening of activities and discussion  to explore ways in which they can play a more active role in their child’s education.

“You are the secret weapon,” Matthew P. Stevens told his audience of more than thirty fathers at the event, which was sponsored by the Boys 2 Men group at the school-based SOURCE program. An educator and consultant on the subject of youth and family development, Stevens is the author of several books, including Raising Him Alone: Things Black Women Can Do to Raise Boys to be Men.

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