Roanoke role models meet to discuss mentorship, advocacy


A group of male role models came together Sunday afternoon in Roanoke to talk about the importance of mentorship.

Several guest speakers presented at “Education & Advocacy, ‘A Toolkit for Men to Become Educational Advocates,'” sharing their insights on both topics, and what it means to lead by example in the community.

“If kids like you and understand who you are, the more likely they are to retain what you’re saying and what you’re trying to pass on,” said John R.F. Lewis, the Executive Director of Apple Ridge Farm.

“I personally feel like all kids – all boys, especially – need that guidance. Someone to be able to advocate for them, someone to be able to say, ‘you did a wonderful job here,’ but then at the same time say, ‘you can do better than that,'” said Seydric Williams, the Area Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools.

“If we can come back and share those wisdoms and share those little insights, we spark their minds to be more than what they just see in the regular day,” said Xavier Duckett, the Founder of the Humble Hustle Company.

Black Father Family helped to put on the event and says it hopes to hold similar discussions soon.

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