'You Can Be Me' Panel at the 3rd Annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend: D'Wayne Edwards, Design Director of Footwear for the Jordan Brand, Nike; Stephen A. Smith, Sports Journalist; Myles Kovacs, Founder of DUB automotive magazine; Rapper Street Hymns, BET host Terrence J, and Dr. Steve Perry, CNN Education Contributor
Harvey Welcomed Teens & Guest Mentors Nationwide for 4-Day, 3-Night Mentoring Experience
Via Press Release: DALLAS, TX – On June 16-19, 2011, comedian, best-selling author, top radio personality and Family Feud host Steve Harvey hosted 120 young men around the country in Dallas, for the 3rd Annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men during Father’s Day weekend. Created by Harvey, this transformative weekend is designed to share and teach the principles of manhood and dream building to teenage boys ages 13-18 who are without fathers in their lives. The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend included ten boys returning from previous years, serving as junior counselors to help guide the new boys through the weekend.
The goal of the program is to break the misguided traits of manhood through frank talk, team-building activities and workshops with an intensive, interactive mentoring experience. Joining Harvey were numerous educational supporters, entrepreneurs and other business and entertainment leaders including Denzel Washington, Jermaine Dupri, Terrence J, Will Packer, Dr. Steve Perry, John Hope Bryant, Stephen A. Smith, Lee Haney and more, sharing insight to prepare boys on the responsibilities they will face as adults, inspire them to dream bigger and build a successful path for the future.
Shares Harvey, “The sole purpose of this weekend is to turn these boys into men and provide them with a vision and a dream. One thing I’ve told them is: Success is within you. If you do what you say you are going to do, you’ll always be able to do what you want to do!”
Denzel Washington with Harvey
Eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney talks fitness and proper push-up techniques with the boys.
Exposing the boys to different mentors and environments complete with fitness, basketball, football, fishing and other team-building challenges on the ranch, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men included the You Can Be Me session on careers, Do-It-Yourself and music workshops, Looking Good & Feeling Healthy workshops, life opportunities workshop, chess challenge and sneaker design, Dream Hall and nightly Town Hall meetings with Harvey on Roles and Responsibilities of Men, and more. There was also a special program, the Steve Harvey Foundation Parent Program, serving parents and chaperones.
Jermaine Dupri hosts a session at The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend.
Sponsorship support for the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men came from American Airlines, Comfort Inn, State Farm, the National Guard, K&G Fashion Superstore, Outback Steakhouse, General Mills, Kmart, U.S. Army, The Home Depot, Buttons Restaurant, SoftSheen-Carson, Coca-Cola, Burger King, Premiere Radio Networks and Hillshire Farm. The Steve Harvey Foundation Parent Program was sponsored by Essence Magazine, Ford Motor Company and Buttons Restaurant. Harvey also plans to host regional Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekends in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Charlotte later this year.
About The Steve Harvey Foundation & Mentoring Weekend
The mission of the Steve Harvey Foundation is to share, teach and demonstrate the principles of manhood to young men, enabling them to achieve their dreams and become productive men who are balanced emotionally, politically and economically. Hosting the inaugural Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men during Father’s Day Weekend in 2009, Harvey brought 100 teenage boys and their guardians from around the country to his ranch in Dallas. In addition to the annual Father’s Day Weekend in Dallas, the program’s success has inspired Harvey to expand his mission nationwide and create satellite mentoring programs in additional cities including New Orleans. In 2011, in addition to Los Angeles and Dallas, Harvey will also host regional Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekends in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Charlotte. For information about The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men or to make a donation, please visit http://www.steveharveyfoundation.com/.