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September 2017 Quarterly Brief

Every quarter, Growing Kings issues a research brief centered around educational and societal concerns affecting urban male youth nationwide and informs readers how we are confronting those problems locally. In the September 2017 edition, we take a look at the growing need for more sustained, informal mentor-mentee relationships, and the positive effects they can have on boys and young men. Click here to read the September 2017 Quarterly Brief entitled

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Chucks & Tux 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2nd annual Chucks & Tux fundraising gala at Old Car Heaven! A special thank you to all of our event sponsors who helped make this evening possible and for supporting our mentoring and enrichment programs for underserved male youth in Birmingham City Schools. More photos can be found at About Town and The Birmingham Times. [gallery columns="4" ids="11341,11342,11343,11344,11345,11346,11347,11348,11349,11350,11351,11352,11353,11354,11355,11356,11357,11358,11359,11360,11361,11362,11363,11364,11365,11366,11367,11368,11369,11370,11371,11372,11373,11374,11375,11376,11377,11378,11379,11380,11381,11382,11383,11384,11385,11386,11387,11388,11389,11390,11391,11392,11393,11394,11395,11396,11397,11398,11399,11400,11401,11402,11403,11404,11405,11406,11407,11408,11409,11410,11411,11412,11413,11414,11415,11416,11417,11418,11419,11420,11421,11508,11509,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,11468,11445,11446,11447,11448,11449,11450,11451,11452,11457,11456,11455,11454,11453,11458,11459,11460,11461,11462,11467,11466,11465,11464,11463,11469,11470,11471,11472,11477,11476,11475,11474,11473,11478,11479,11480,11481,11482,11487,11486,11485,11484,11483,11488,11489,11490,11491,11492,11497,11496,11495,11494,11493,11498,11499,11500,11501,11502,11507,11506,11505,11504,11503"

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My Brother’s Keeper – Birmingham Launches “Knight Ball” Community Basketball League

  City of Birmingham in Partnership with Local Youth-Serving Organizations and Law Enforcement Agencies to Launch Community Basketball League Aimed to Improve Police and Youth Relationships Coming this April 2017, the My Brother’s Keeper – Birmingham will launch a late night basketball league open for males living in public housing communities in the Birmingham area. Knight Ball will be a year-long basketball league implemented in partnership

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Knights of the Roundtable Recap

This month, we hosted our Knights of the Roundtable event at Social Venture. The purpose of the Roundtable was to convene key funders, practitioners, and policy makers to learn more about the field of boys and young men of color and discuss the solutions to local issues plaguing this population. Knights of the Roundtable was hosted Marcus Littles, founder of Frontline Solutions. In opening, Littles presented his thoughts and research-based findings

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January 2017 Quarterly Brief

Every quarter, Growing Kings issues a research brief centered around educational and societal concerns effecting urban male youth nationwide and informs readers how we are confronting those problems locally. In the January 2017 edition, we highlight the efforts geared toward improving the quality of life among young urban males, and how mentoring is proving to be one of the most effective strategies used to combat the issues this population of students

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Measures of a Man visit BBVA Compass Bank

Last week, 8th grade students in our Measures of a Man program visited BBVA Compass Bank to learn about the finance and the banking industry. BBVA is currently home to 10,000 employees nationwide, with 2,800 of those employees residing in Birmingham, Alabama. The field trip started with our students engaging in an open panel discussion with some of BBVA’s top employees. CJ Glover, Assistant Vice President Workplace Solutions Officer, asked our young

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Measures of a Man College Campus Tours

Last week, our 6th through 8th grade students toured the campuses of Miles College, Samford University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.   Miles College-Minutes Away, Miles Ahead Nearly 60 students filled the room as the Miles College campus tour began. Miles College is the only Historically Black College in the Birmingham area and is home to notable Miles alumni including former Birmingham mayors Richard Arrington and Bernard Kincaid,

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Celebration Luncheon

Growing Kings' Celebration Luncheon presented by Altec was held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at “Birmingham’s most beautiful building," The Florentine. The Celebration Luncheon was utilized as a platform to recognize the impact of the 2015-16 school year as well as engage stakeholders and members of community organizations and the philanthropic community. The highlight of the event was guest speaker and founder of Harlem Children's Zone, Dr. Geoffrey

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A Wild Walk in the City

This month, our Prince Charming students from Hudson and Inglenook took a hike through Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve in East Birmingham, and hiked Red Mountain Park. The young men were able to see animals and plants that also call this beautiful city home, as well as walk the trails, and observe parts of Birmingham untouched by time. Thank you to Frank Couch of The Birmingham Times for also capturing the field trip at Ruffner Mountain. [gallery

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Growing Kings Retrace Historic Steps

February is reserved to celebrate the contributions of Blacks to American society. Recent field trips and scavenger hunts at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and historic 4th Avenue Business District afforded students in our Measures of a Man program the opportunity to see how far African Americans have come in America, and the part many young people played in these advancements. This area served as the business, social, and cultural center

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100 Mentors in 100 Days