MOP Family Dinner

It's with great pleasure that I share photos from our 2017 -2018 MOP Family Dinner. On Monday, June 10, 2018 our MOP parents, siblings, and boys gathered together to break bread and eat pasta at Leona's. We celebrated with one another the highs of our year together. At the conclusion of our night four of our MOP boys received awards. 

The HEART award was given to the young man who displayed courage and tenacity 

The VOICE award was given to the young man who continually shared his own original thoughts and ideas. 

The RESPECT award was given to the young man who displayed a keen ability to take ownership, accept responsibility and self-correct when necessary. 

The FOCUS award was given to the young man who displayed a willingness to follow directions, stay on task, and not become distracted by others. 

The entire night was a time of celebration of what it means to become a man of purpose. So as M.O.P. moves forward in transforming lives, we look forward to your support. 

Real Men Read: Men of Purpose

Why is "Real Men Read" necessary? The research is clear: if children cannot read proficiently by the end of third grade, they face daunting hurdles to success in school and beyond. Third grade marks a pivot point in reading.

And those struggling students are disproportionately poor students and students of color. The good news, almost all children can learn to read at grade level. Unfortunately, not all children have access to resources and some enter school already behind, due to such factors as family poverty and parents’ lack of education and engagement. 

I called on all men to participate in this program and help close the gap. I am proud, honored and humbled by the men who showed up. 

#MenOfPurpose #RealMenRead