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Actors Delroy Lindo and Danny Glover are teaming up to lead the inaugural 2018 "From the Fire: Leadership Academy for Young Men" on the campus of Princeton University. The rites of passage program for rising junior or senior young men will take place July 22-August 3, 2018. While Lindo is serving as the Program Chair, in charge of logistics for the event, humanitarian Glover will be the featured keynote speaker at the closing ceremony.
The 2-week residential summer program is one of multiple programs hosted by "At the Well Conferences, Inc.," a NY-based nonprofit that was initially started in 2009 to promote the holistic wellness of women and girls. The group also hosts a similar program for young high school-aged women. The From the Fire conference will broaden their focus a bit to create a male-centered environment that combines leadership projects, mentoring, and a meaningful rites of passage program to usher young male participants confidently into manhood. Participants should be talented scholars from diverse socio-economic backgrounds who have demonstrated academic excellence in the classroom and participated in community service.
Co-Founder and Director of Curriculum, Rev. Toby Sanders, has planned an agenda with overarching foci, including: personal development, empowerment, and accountability. "My hope is that the experience will give students a boost to take the next steps in whatever goals they have planned for their lives. I want this program to stand as a profoundly encouraging dynamic for our young people," said Lindo in reference to the vision for the program.
Young men of color face unprecedented challenges and obstacles in the U.S. and around the world. It’s heartfelt efforts like this program that are acknowledging, validating, and encouraging young men to continue to persevere into their greatness. Best wishes for a successful program this summer!
The program is currently accepting applications until their March 31st deadline. Visit http://atthewellconferences.org/events/fromthefire/ for more information about program cost, application criteria, and other logistics.