Young men graduate from local mentorship program with better understanding of manhood

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — A Gainesville-based mentorship program celebrates the meaning of manhood today.

The Manhood Youth Development Foundation held its annual graduation and appreciation ceremony at the historic Cotton Club in Gainesville. The event honors graduating seniors and their time within the program.

The organization provides young black men with a mentor, led by members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

The ceremony featured several speakers who shared their thoughts on what it means to be a man.

“We are honoring our largest class of seven graduates this year and they are graduating from every high school in Alachua County. We are also adding some of our youngest elementary and middle school students to the list who are continuing the program next year,” said Charlie Jackson, Founder and President of MYDF.

The mentors talked about conflict resolution and life skills to the young men when they left the program.

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