This blog is available for persons involved with Project MALE to share information, best practices, words of encouragement, etc. before, during, and after the Pilot Program.
Enjoyed session 1 greatly and I hope we reached some of the young recepients and look forward to second session.
Enjoyed the interaction of the young people with the Mentors and volunteers. I had the 3rd and 4th grade boys who seem to appreciate the adults.
Overall the initial ProjectMale session got off to a good start as far as I'm concerned...well.. except for the fact that the registration could have been a little tighter security-wise. We, as mentors, should have been required to show ID to correllate with the list of attendees and pre-registered mentors -or something similar- especially since we come from various organizations and are not all acquainted with each other.
The general assembly was informative, entertaining as well as engaging. It was the perfect ice-breaker for all age groups in attendance-Kindergarten thru adult. It set the tone of "anticipation" for what was to follow: the Classroom experience. Some of the boys even asked if the drummer could come to our class.
The facilitator of the 5th grade Class ( which I was assigned) offered activities that caused the boys to think, rationalize and interact in a way that created an atmosphere of teamwork as well as individual expression. They were encouraged to introduce themseves and eventually share their personal thoughts and ideas, likes and dislikes as they looked for others in the classroom who shared like or similar goals and ideals through writing as well as oration. Although some were noticeably more social than others, all were encouraged by the mentors to participate in classroom discussions and activities. We all left the classroom after handing out homework and backpacks and the boys understood that they are expected to return with their "special project" on the 29th of this month (March).
By the closing assembly the boys were very excited...so much so that on his attempt to give a summary of our classroom activities one of our students appeared to have a problem verbalizing his thoughts. But it was all good. A blessed occasion that left everyone very much looking forward to our next session. Which reminds me... It was mentioned/suggested that the classroom facilitators meet with the mentors prior to our next session to go over planned activities and expectations for the upcoming mentoring date. When should we expect this to take place? We only have a couple weeks by now...
Hello Brother Derrick:
Thank you for your blog posting and feedback. Your points are well taken.
I agree that the male mentors and instructors should meet before the next session. That meeting is to take place on March 29th from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. See the email correspondence dated March 18th; hopefully, that will answer some questions. I look forward to Session 2 on March 29th!
Yes, Sir... That's right on time. Thank You.
Dr. Ryan Thornton.