On Saturday, February 24, 2024 Our Health Matters™ presents MENTOR ME! I CAN & I WILL, a special edition and program event from 10AM – 1PM at the Gem Theater, located at 1615 East 18th Street, Kansas City, MO 64108. This is a call to action for Black men to make a commitment to mentor and support Black boys. The project raises awareness about the value and benefits resulting when Black men mentor.
The event is free to the public. To register for a FREE ticket go to Mentor-Me.Eventbrite.com.
Conversations about healthcare and social and emotional issues are familiar to Our Health Matters, a publication nearly two decades old. “In November 2022 Our Health Matters released “Black Men Speak: Health, Strength, and Hope,” the first publication of its kind to recognize the strengths, hopes and accomplishments of Black men in the region,” said Ruth Ramsey, Publisher.
I’m happy to support this extraordinary project which focuses on the importance of Black men sharing their time and talents to mentor Black boys. Partnering with Our Health Matters benefits us and the community,” said Jeron Ravin, JD, CEO of Swope Health Central that provides comprehensive primary healthcare and behavioral health services at 11 locations in Greater Kansas City.
The featured speaker is Louis Negrón, Sr. MSA, CEO of the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, one of the largest chapters of the 100 Black Men of America, whose mission is to mentor Black males. “The Atlanta chapter has close to 300 members. Nationally there are 10,000 members who are committed to improving the quality of life of Black males. I’m happy to come to Kansas City to support Our Health Matters, celebrate men who are mentoring Black boys and to rally other Black men to join forces with this important mission. We are the role models they see,” said Negrón.
Members of the local 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City chapter, members of Black fraternities and many others are featured. The goal beyond this event is facilitation of mentoring education workshops to connect 50-100+ Black male mentor candidates with mentoring-focused organizations.
As Our Health Matters nears its 20th anniversary, it continues to increase health literacy and build bridges to much needed resources that serve ethnically and culturally diverse residents.