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Councilor Steven Hoyt to Engage Young Men in Mentoring and Networking Activities During Fourth Annual Man Up Breakfast

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                    Friday, June 19, 2015

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Councilor Steven Hoyt is asking boys and men alike to suit up and come join him for the Fourth Annual Man Up Breakfast kicking off Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 8 a.m. at the Birmingham Crossplex. The annual event will be packed with motivational speeches and tips from male leaders in the community on what it takes to make a difference in the community.

“I have always been an advocate for mentoring our young men because I feel that it is one of the most powerful tools that we have to push them to their full potential,” Councilor Hoyt said. “Our youth need exposure to inspiring adult role models who give them hope for their own futures; that is our ultimate goal during our Man Up Breakfast each year.”

According to American Institutes for research human development study, African-American boys are often targeted for mentoring initiatives because they are at such high risk for school failure, school expulsion, low educational attainment, gang involvement, substance abuse and criminal justice involvement. Studies further indicate that the challenge for these youth is that their future appears to be one in which they are more likely to go to prison than they are to go to college. Councilor Hoyt is driven to defy these statistics and promote just the opposite by connecting rising young male leaders to top executive role models that will influence and help shape their career goals.

“Effective mentoring and leadership is based on relationships and that is what these young men need in addition to the relationships they have with their fathers,” Councilor Hoyt said. “We have to continue to be an advocate for them by providing them with opportunities that will help them reach their full potential.”

For more information on the event, please contact the Office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 205.254.2304.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer, Chiara Morrow at 205.254.2055.