Journey of a King is a long-term engagement program designed to engage students as early as the 4th grade and see them through graduating high school preparing for college, military, and/or a career. Journey of a King is broken down into three separate curricula that are meant to mature in content as students matriculate through school and life.
Prince Charming (4th-5th grade) operates to improve the literacy and mathematics rates by integrating innovative methods, which includes the monthly distribution of Sports Illustrated for Kids and National Geographic for Kids, as well as a unique partnership with NBA Math Hoops®.
Measures of a Man (6th-8th grade) focuses on character development, violence prevention, and personal enrichment. Students participate in open discussions and hands-on, group activities to enhance their learning experience.
Scholars and Gentlemen (9th-12th) encourages critical thinking and professional development through a curriculum tailored to prepare students for collegiate and future career environments.
We develop partnerships with targeted schools, corporations, foundations and other community organizations and leaders, to build cooperatives that work to enhance life-skills, ensure high school graduation, and provide young men with the tools needed to realize significance. Through our weekly programming, we offer students the opportunity to engage adult males who have an enduring commitment to our value statement of: Building Stronger Men Everyday.
Growing Kings and its executive director, Marcus Carson, have been recognized by a number of local and national organizations including: the Ford Motor Company, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Birmingham Business Alliance, B-Metro Magazine, and several other news and media outlets. In 2010, Marcus was recognized at the Alabama Black Achievers Gala as a Non-Profit Executive of the Year nominee, and received the Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award presented by the Alabama Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. All recognition is entirely due to the work of the organization, the impact of our programs, and the dedication of strong volunteers.