ORLANDO, Fla. – In celebration of National Mentoring Awareness Month, the Orlando Magic will host its third annual Magic of Mentoring Minority Male Youth Summit on Wednesday, January 31 from 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Amway Center*.
More than 150 local minority males and their mentors in attendance will receive “real life guidance” on leadership, education, decision-making, empowerment, careers, and perseverance followed by dinner provided by Levy Restaurants. WWE Wrestler and former Arena Football League and University of Florida football player Titus O’Neil will serve as the keynote speaker. Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw are among other prominent community leaders who will speak to the youth. The youth participating will come from Orange County Public Schools, City of Orlando and the Parramore Kidz Zone.
Magic of Mentoring Minority Youth Summit speakers include Titus O’Neil (keynote speaker), WWE Wrestler and former AFL/UF player; Sheriff Jerry Demings, Orange County Sheriff; Orlando Rolon, Deputy Chief of the Orlando Police Department; Byron Brooks, City of Orlando Chief Administrative Office;Roderick Williams, City of Orlando Fire Chief; Dr. Jesus Jara, Deputy Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools; Burnett Patterson, Buffalo Soldiers; and James Merkison, Public Information Officer, Orange County Corrections.
In 2014, the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and the National Basketball Retired Players Association announced a five-year commitment to support President Barack Obama’s call to action around My Brother’s Keeper (MBK). As part of this commitment, the NBA and the Magic has partnered with MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to support their new campaign designed to recruit 25,000 new mentors. The campaign, called “In Real Life,” launched in January 2016 and will challenge Americans to sign up to mentor a young person in their local community. The Magic will partner with local mentoring groups to assist in recruiting mentors for youth who are waiting lists throughout Central Florida. The Magic are also encouraging males to join MBK Orlando and Orange County Public Schools MBK initiative by signing up to become mentors at www.CityofOrlando.net/MyBrothersKeeper and www.ocps.net.
The City of Orlando also joined the national initiative in 2014, and since then has been implementing a cradle-to career strategy, called My Brother’s Keeper Orlando. Orange County Public Schools joined forces with Orlando Magic and the City of Orlando in 2015 in partnership to meet the mentoring needs in Central Florida through collaboration, networking, and engaging community stakeholders to impact the lives of children.
The Orlando Magic developed the Magic of Mentoring initiative to help reduce the achievement gap among local minority youth by providing them with exposure to careers in sports, access to college tours, incentives for academic achievement and mentorship.
SOURCE | Orlando Magic