Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Central Library to Host Real Men Talk Informational Session on June 15


The Birmingham Public Library is inviting men interested in mentoring young people to a Real Men Talk Informational Session being held from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 15, 2019, in the Central Library East Grand Reading Room in downtown Birmingham.

 "Real Men Talk" is an afterschool male mentoring program series kicking off with a pilot program at the Central Library in September 2019, then spreading to select BPL locations across the city. It will feature men of various professions meeting monthly with youth in after school activities at participating libraries.

 The adult male mentors will talk to young patrons about their careers and share advice about real life issues such as how to handle conflict and keep your emotions in check, what to do if stopped by the police, and tips on boosting self-esteem.

JehJeh Pruitt of WBRC Fox 6 
 During the June 15 informational session, BPL Public Relations Director Roy L. Williams will share the vision behind Real Men Talk and how men can sign up to be a mentor. Representatives of various male mentoring organizations including The Man Project, 100 Black Men of Metro Birmingham, The Dannon Project,  Brother Let's Talk, and the City of Birmingham Division of Youth Services will share information about their youth outreach efforts.

WBRC Fox 6 personality JehJeh Pruitt will give encouraging words for attendees. Snacks will be provided.

 Though designed to provide a positive male mentor for teen boys who do not have a father at home, Real Men Talk will be open to both boys and girls who desire a father figure mentor.

If interested in being a male mentor for Real Men Talk, contact Roy Williams at 205-568-0067 (cell), work at 205-226-3746, or email rlwilliams@bham.lib.al.us.

 For details on Real Men Talk, click here

 Among the topics to be discussed with youth at BPL after school programs:

 * Dealing with Bullies

 * Grooming Tips, How to Dress for a Job Interview

* The Art of Communication- How to talk to a young lady and adults with respect

 * Dealing with police – How to act if pulled over by while driving or stopped walking on street

 * Male Etiquette: Opening doors for women and adults, treating each other with courtesy on dates and in the classroom

* How to Tie a Necktie

* How to succeed academically in school

 * Brotherhood: How to replace gangs influence with positive organizations


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