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Councilor Jay Roberson Partners with Siamese Dreams to Award Young Men Johnston & Murphy Dress Shoes in Exchange for Air Jordan’s

With innovation as the ticket to help groom the next generation of exceptional leaders, Councilor Jay Roberson doesn’t hold back any punches when organizing efforts to propel the youth in the direction of their dreams. This Saturday at 9 am, many young men will experience mentoring on a completely different level as Councilor Roberson joins forces with Siamese Dreams, a local nonprofit group, and present a “J for a J Initiative Hour of Power Day of Professional Dress” at Lawson State Community College. At the symposium, young men in the eighth through twelfth grade will be selected for the chance to exchange Nike Air Jordan’s for Johnston & Murphy dress shoes. The Hour of Power will also give experts a platform to showcase grooming demonstrations as well as offer tips and techniques for the new age young professionals!

During a recent presentation at the Birmingham City Council Meeting, Councilor Roberson presented a check to support the scholarship for the Johnston & Murphy’s that will be awarded and said he hopes the young men will understand the significance of great character and professional dress as it relates to scholastic and career achievement. “J for a J is an awesome opportunity for city and community leaders to make an impact and influence the youth in our community.” Councilor Roberson said. “I truly believe the organizers of Siamese Dreams are the new thought leaders of the 21st Century doing great work to transform Birmingham. I’m proud to partner with all the organizers and help launch this power-packed signature event that will help expose young men on how to show up dressed in their absolute best!”

About Siamese Dreams

Twin brothers Julian and Justin Grant started Siamese Dreams Next Level Outreach in 2014 to educate, enrich, and empower teenagers by holding events to provide them with tools to push beyond societal limitations and pursue authentic success. The brothers, along with Birmingham City Councilor Jay Roberson and the 100 Days of Nonviolence initiative, are hosting sessions to teach young men from eighth to twelfth grades about walking into their purpose.

 This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294