Cameron's Chronicles: MAN Up investing in youth

Learning to MAN Up — Infinite King, Nathan Whittaker, Isaac Whittaker and Joshua Whittaker take a break during a recent Black Lives Matter March in DeLand, hosted by Junior Goosby and Hoodnews Global. 

Learning to MAN Up — Infinite King, Nathan Whittaker, Isaac Whittaker and Joshua Whittaker take a break during a recent Black Lives Matter March in DeLand, hosted by Junior Goosby and Hoodnews Global. 

PHOTO BY SEAN KING

Investments in our youth are set to establish success for their future, despite obstacles and daily challenges. 

Sean King, founder of the MAN Up mentoring program, is furthering his investment by relaunching the program Saturday, March 3.

MAN Up’s goals are to promote positive images and expose young people to successful outcomes.

In June 2016, King, along with colleagues and close friends Latif Muhammad and Charles Lace, started the group.

A husband and devoted father of five, as well as a West Volusia business owner and pillar in our community, King created the acronym MAN Up to mean “mastering the art of navigation by universal principles” to add meaning to the group.

Based on the book As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, the group focuses on leadership development for male students in grades three-12. 

The principles include, but are not limited to, grammar, rhetoric, arithmetic, logic, astronomy, music and geometry, as tools to help these young men become productive citizens and established leaders.

Since the group’s inception, young people have participated in the NAACP Youth Council, the Freedom Fund Banquet, the Color Line Round Table, Community Unity Day, the CATALYST program, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, the Heritage Festival, local government elections, Youth Power Hour at Hoodnews Global Radio, the Toastmasters, and the Calling a Few Good Men initiatives.

“I decided to enhance the vision of this program by further embracing leaders in Volusia County and beyond by relaunching the Saturday seminars. I plan to reach out to other organizations, such as Rising Against All Odds (RAAO), Cameron Enterprises, CATALYST and many others to establish a schedule of speakers to empower our youth and teach key principles to help them grow,” King said. 

“I am committed to do my part, and I know that it is necessary to see the manifestation of the principles,” he added.

King is asking for community leaders to help pour knowledge and experience into these young men and expose them to all parts of life.

Anyone interested in this cause, or who would like to be a guest speaker or to know more about registration, should call King at 386-837-7743.

— Dr. Primrose Cameron, a longtime educator, lives in Orange City. Send email to cameronchronicleslive@gmail.com.

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