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Teamwork, self-motivation front and center at M2M summit at Hinds CC
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09 June

Teamwork, self-motivation front and center at M2M summit at Hinds CC

RAYMOND – A person’s inner dialogue can be helpful or hurtful, depending on what that little voice inside says.

It was a strong enough message to lead off this summer’s leadership summit for students involved in the Minority Male Leadership Initiative at Hinds Community College.

Adonis Lenzy, of Paradigm Shift, speaks to high school students and others at an M2M Leadership Summit June 5 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Adonis Lenzy, of Paradigm Shift, speaks to high school students and others at an M2M Leadership Summit June 5 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“No matter what people say to you, it’s what you say to yourself that really matters,” said Adonis Lenzy of Paradigm Shift as the group helped kick off a two-day series of programs and exercises for M2M members and mentors June 5-6 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus. The Oklahoma-based nonprofit connects ministers and other volunteers with poor communities to foster economic and social change.

“There’s nothing wrong with looking at yourself in the mirror and saying ‘You can’,” Lenzy said.

Joining Lenzy for the summit was minister Heady Coleman and community leaders Ryan Eller, Derrick Sier and Mikey Manghum to present programs on various team-building exercises, such as setting goals, time management, copying practices seen in successful people, and changing up routines to prevent life from becoming stale. Lenzy likened that to releasing a caged bear into the woods, only to have the bear still be stuck in a cage in its mind.

“We’ve got to be bigger than a routine,” he said. “You’ve got to make sure you steer clear of any ruts.”

High school students who attended the summit wrote down short- and long-term goals on sticky notes to foster active communication, said M2M Director Aleisha Escobedo.

Wingfield High School students Paul James Curry, a junior, Dequavious Guice, a senior and James Stubb, a junior, attended the M2M Leadership Summit held June 5-6 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Wingfield High School students Paul James Curry, a junior,
Dequavious Guice, a senior and
James Stubb, a junior, attended the M2M Leadership Summit held June 5-6 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus.
(Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“This summit provided an opportunity for our students to engage with their peers and serve as active leaders and forward thinkers,” Escobedo said. “I especially loved that Paradigm Shift challenged our students to focus on attainable goals and helped them to recognize that having strong social and community support will foster success.”

Becoming a success in life often involves the answer to a key question of those whom students see as successful, Lenzy said.

“The number one question you need to ask them is, if you can get in their circle, what was it like for you before you became successful?” he said. “That’s the story you’ll want to hear about.”

The M2M program is based at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. For more information, call 601.987.8129 or visit www.hindscc.edu/go/M2M.

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Front row, from left, April Reynolds, M2M English instructional guide, Aleisha Escobedo, M2M Director, Derrick Sier, Adonis Lenzy, both of Paradigm Shift, Robert Smith, M2M Academic Success coach, Felicia Garner, M2M administrative assistant; back row, from left, Keith Williams, M2M Academic Success coach, Ryan Eller, Mikey Manghum, Gregory “Heady” Coleman, all of Paradigm Shift, Ahmad Smith, M2M Recruitment and Outreach coordinator (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, April Reynolds, M2M English instructional guide, Aleisha Escobedo, M2M Director, Derrick Sier, Adonis Lenzy, both of Paradigm Shift, Robert Smith, M2M Academic Success coach, Felicia Garner, M2M administrative assistant; back row, from left, Keith Williams, M2M Academic Success coach, Ryan Eller, Mikey Manghum, Gregory “Heady” Coleman, all of Paradigm Shift, Ahmad Smith, M2M Recruitment and Outreach coordinator (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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M2M program at Hinds CC expands with new services
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11 January

M2M program at Hinds CC expands with new services

JACKSON – Wilburn Holmes wants to manage a hotel someday. Jordan Brown sees himself troubleshooting that hotel’s computers. Both know they can’t get there without a little help.

Providing that network is the goal of an expanded Minority Male Leadership Initiative at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Wilburn Holmes, 19, of Jackson, fills out a membership form at a meet-and-greet Dec. 1 for the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M) at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Holmes is a sophomore studying Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Wilburn Holmes, 19, of Jackson, fills out a membership form at a meet-and-greet Dec. 1 for the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M) at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Holmes is a sophomore studying Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

The grant-funded initiative on campus that has provided leadership training, career counseling and other services to help African-Americans succeed in college is building on a $1.6 million federal grant secured earlier in the year under the Title III, Part A, Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) Formula Program of the U.S. Department of Education. The funds will enable the college to improve its instructional program and emerging technologies, plus augment student support services.

“I’m signing up because it might mean more job opportunities and connections made,” said Holmes, 19, of Jackson, a sophomore studying Hotel and Restaurant Management Technology. Staff has increased to six, adding a recruiting and outreach coordinator and additional tutors for Math and English.

“We’re hitting the ground running and want to continue to build membership and a positive image in the community,” said Aleisha Coins, M2M director and assistant PBI formula grant director. “My goal with this leadership initiative is to continue to facilitate the academic growth and development of these students and provide them with the tools needed to be impactful citizens.”

The staff of M2M, from left, Robert Smith, Academic Success Coach, Ahmad Smith, Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, April Reynolds, Instructional Guide-English, Colleen Hartfield, PBI Director, Aleisha Coins, Program Director, Felicia Garner, Administrative Assistant, Keith Williams Jr., Academic Success Coach.

The staff of M2M, from left, Robert Smith, Academic Success Coach, Ahmad Smith, Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator, April Reynolds, Instructional Guide-English, Colleen Hartfield, PBI Director, Aleisha Coins, Program Director, Felicia Garner, Administrative Assistant, Keith Williams Jr., Academic Success Coach.

The M2M program is just one component of the PBI-Formula Grant, said Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the President for special projects, who is directing the PBI grant.

Among emerging technologies, the added funding aims to make a reality at JATC a learning laboratory, Tech Nest, which is to be geared for independent and group study.

“Our primary goal is to help students persist and graduate,” Hartfield said. “The M2M program and other support services offered through this grant focus on student engagement and helping students broaden their life experience as it relates to being a successful college student.”

For this semester’s new recruits, a chance to learn more about the working world through simply meeting new friends is enticing enough.

“It’s a chance for someone like me, who’s from a rural community, to have new experiences with this program,” said Brown, of Flora, a freshman studying Computer Network Technology.

For more information on the program, contact Aleisha Coins at 601.987.8109.

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Jordan Brown, of Flora, fills out a membership form at a meet-and-greet Dec. 1 for the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M) at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Brown is a freshman studying Computer Network Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jordan Brown, of Flora, fills out a membership form at a meet-and-greet Dec. 1 for the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M) at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Brown is a freshman studying Computer Network Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC named among top degree-producing colleges for African-American students
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19 October

Hinds CC named among top degree-producing colleges for African-American students

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College has been named as one of the top degree-producing community colleges in the United States for African-American students across all fields of study by Community College Week, a national publication covering the nation’s more than 1,000 community colleges and technical schools.

The ratings involved statistics reported to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2014-15 academic year, the most recent year of nationally available data.

Hinds ranked seventh out of the top 100 community colleges for the number of associate degrees awarded to African-American students. Degrees conferred totaled 866, a 12 percent increase over 2013-14. The college ranked 54th when all minorities are considered, reflecting a 13 percent increase. Hinds was the only Mississippi community college to make the Top 100 in this category.

“We are proud to serve our community as a top degree producing institution,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said.

Since 2012, the college’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center has been the base for the Minority Male Leadership Initiative, known as M2M. The initiative is a grant-funded project that provides leadership training, career counseling, tutoring, mentoring and opportunities for travel to senior-level universities for program participants. Activities aim to help African-American males discover personal strengths to succeed in college.

Also, the college offers a broad range of student support services in an effort to ensure student success. One example would be two web apps Hinds launched during the 2015-2016 academic year. One helps students track progress in their degree plan and another that tracks financial aid status. Each is geared to keep them on track to graduate.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC

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Minority Male Leadership Initiative at Hinds CC to host Summer Fest
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14 June

Minority Male Leadership Initiative at Hinds CC to host Summer Fest

JACKSON – The Minority Male Leadership Initiative at Hinds Community College will host M2M Summer Fest on Friday, June 24 at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center to highlight the program’s services.

Attendees to the free event may sign up for M2M, register for classes and visit information booths while they enjoy free food, prizes and a video game truck. The outdoor fest runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Do you want to change your future by excelling academically, culturally, and socially? [tweetable alt=””]The time is now to join M2M[/tweetable],” said Dr. Shakira Cain, who directs the program at the campus.

The program aims to help African-American males succeed in college by providing leadership training, career counseling, mentoring and tutoring. Participants discover personal strengths, interests and motivation, all of which can spur an array of career interests and post-graduate options.

Those who want to register for classes at M2M Summer Fest are advised to do the following before arriving at the Fest:

  • submit a current admission application for the Summer or Fall 2016 semester
  • submit the official transcript from the last school attended
  • submit official ACT scores, OR take the Accuplacer, OR submit a college transcript showing the completion of at least one Math and English course.

To become a member of M2M, students must be enrolled at JATC and complete an application for the program. The college’s Enrollment Services team will be on hand for the event to help prospective students apply to the college online.

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Honoré ends M2M summit with challenge to ‘take on the impossible’
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16 September

Honoré ends M2M summit with challenge to ‘take on the impossible’

Doing the impossible is something retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré has made look easy in uniform and in post-military life.

In closing out this year’s Minority Male Leadership Initiatives Best Practices Summit, the three-star general stressed aiming high to succeed in life wasn’t merely possible – it’s imperative.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré addresses the 2015 Minority Male Leadership Initiative Best Practices Summit at the Muse Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré addresses the 2015 Minority Male Leadership Initiative Best Practices Summit at the Muse Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.

“Don’t be afraid to take on the impossible,” Honoré said to a packed main arena Tuesday at Hinds’ Clyde Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. “I was the proverbial C-student. My mama couldn’t read, my daddy could only read a little bit.

“C-students like me, you gotta hustle,” Honoré said. “You’ve gotta use every gift God gave you to make it. There’s no reason or excuse not to make it. I made it because I didn’t let anyone around me outwork me. And I’m not going to settle for your excuses.”

Honoré, best known for his efforts to restore order in New Orleans as head of Joint Task Force Katrina following the devastating 2005 hurricane, spoke on the virtues of self-discipline and perseverance during the final hour of the summit, themed “Preparing African American Males for Success in the 21st Century”. A recurring theme in his address was preparing the current generation of high school and college students to be world leaders through basic skills.

“When I was growing up, people fought to be able to ride on a bus,” he said. “We won the right to get on the bus, and now we’re the people who drive all the buses. You know what job we want this century? We want to own the bus.”

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré addresses the crowd from floor level at the 2015 Minority Male Leadership Initiative Best Practices Summit at the Muse Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.

Retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré addresses the crowd from floor level at the 2015 Minority Male Leadership Initiative Best Practices Summit at the Muse Center on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.

Born in 1947 as the youngest of 12 children in Pointe Coupee Parish, La., Honoré, an African-American who identifies as Creole, enlisted in the Army in 1971. By 2004, he was a three-star general and oversaw deployment of National Guard divisions heading to Iraq and Afghanistan. Three years after leading the Katrina effort, he retired, and in 2009 authored the book, “Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters and Leadership in the New Normal.”

In 2012, a program similar to Hinds’ M2M Initiative was established in Louisiana by Honoré’s alma mater, Southern University. As with M2M, it is geared to increase college graduation rates of minority male students.

Literacy is the most vital basic skill the current generation has to tackle issues on the national and world stage, Honoré said, seasoning his remarks with the use of the Army’s oft-shouted cheer, “Hooah!”

“In the State of Louisiana, one of the largest concentrations of black men is in prisons,” he said. “There are cities in America that assess the reading level of fourth-grade, 10-year-old males to determine how many prisoners they’ll have in 20 years. They have the formula. Because if you can’t read by the time you’re 10 years old, you’ll have a 40 percent chance of having a run-in with the law by the time you’re 14. I didn’t make that up; it comes from the Children’s Defense Fund.

“We’ve got people graduating from high school now who can’t read. And they’re showing up in colleges. I challenge every teacher in here. I don’t care what the test says. These children need to know how to read. If they can’t read, I don’t care how many computers we give them. Life will mean nothing to them.”

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré accepts a copy of his 2009 book " “Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters and Leadership in the New Normal" for high school students in the Minority Male Initiative. Honoré gave the closing address at the M2M program's Best Practices Summit that ended Tuesday.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré accepts a copy of his 2009 book ” “Survival: How a Culture of Preparedness Can Save You and Your Family from Disasters and Leadership in the New Normal” for high school students in the Minority Male Initiative. Honoré gave the closing address at the M2M program’s Best Practices Summit that ended Tuesday.

Slides during his address showed a Model of Excellence triangle and the iconic depiction of Gen. George Washington crossing the Delaware River during the American Revolutionary War, which he used as an example of winning the battles of life against long odds.

“Competence, confidence, discipline – that’s what creates excellence,” he said. “Discipline is what we do when nobody’s watching, and you do the right thing. It’s that little voice in the back of your head. Knowing what to do and having the initiative to do it when nobody’s looking is how we create excellence.”

“Twenty percent of the troops (with Washington) were slaves who weren’t free, and they’re fighting for freedom from the British. You got this? But think about this. You sit here today and think about how hard you got it. Think about how hard they had it – fighting for the freedom of a country, but themselves are slaves.

“But, we sit here today at Hinds talking about an enduring problem we’ve had for 239 years we’ve yet to resolve. The good news is we’re talking about it and we’ve given you an action plan for success. That action plan is you. The only one who will determine your success is you.”

“We need you to be prepared to take on the impossible,” he said. “Previous generations did it. They fought and won our freedom when they were not free themselves.”

The M2M Minority Male Initiative is a grant-funded project based at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive. The initiative provides leadership training, career counseling, tutoring, mentoring and opportunities for travel to senior level universities for program participants.

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Registration open for Hinds CC free fall summit targeting minority males
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19 June

Registration open for Hinds CC free fall summit targeting minority males

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Registration is open to the public for the Minority Male Leadership Initiative Best Practices Summit Sept. 14-15 at the Muse Center at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. The summit is free but registration is required.

To register, see the Hinds website at:

http://hub.hindscc.edu/minority-male-leadership-initiative-best-practices-summit

The summit, “Preparing African American Males for Success in the 21st Century,” begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 and ends with a closing plenary session on Sept. 15.

The summit is open to high school students and principals, parents, current and retired educators – anyone interested in attending. The headline speaker is Wes Moore of Baltimore, a New York Times best-selling author who works for social justice.

For more information about the summit, contact Dr. Shakira Cain at 601.987.8109 or by email at Shakira.Cain@hindscc.edu.

The M2M Minority Male Initiative is a grant-funded project based at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive. The initiative provides leadership training, career counseling, tutoring, mentoring and opportunities for travel to senior level universities for program participant.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Posted by on 23 April

Newly elected Jackson mayor speaks to Hinds CC M2M Advisory Board

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Newly elected Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber began work the day after his election by honoring a previous commitment. On Wednesday morning, he attended the Advisory Board meeting for Hinds Community College’s M2M Minority Male Leadership program at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Yarber, a mentor and member of the M2M Advisory Board, had already been scheduled to speak at the meeting for board members, mentors and Hinds students who are being mentored. He said that he is grateful for that opportunity.

“We are very honored that Mr. Yarber made time for a visit to Hinds Community College after a busy, and likely exhausting, election day. To me, it signifies that he values and understands that education is the foundation for all good things. We look forward to working with his administration,” said Dr. Leroy Levy, dean of the campus.

The Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), based at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive, provides leadership training, career counseling, tutoring, mentoring and opportunities for travel to senior level universities for program participants. The four-year project is designed to increase the graduation rates of African-American Males and is funded by a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education

“This is an extremely important program — the opportunity to mentor young men who have a heart and a passion to be better today than they were yesterday. For you to step up to the plate and decide that you want to be a part of that it is huge,” Yarber told the other board members and mentors. “I want to encourage you not only to be a mentor according to the script we were given but to do extra, the above and beyond, the kinds of things we know it takes for the young men to have the opportunity to not only make it but succeed exceedingly, abundantly.”

Addressing JATC Dean Dr. Leroy Levy, he said, “Finally, I would like to say to Dr. Levy we have taken note of what you are doing over here on the Jackson Campus, and we are extremely proud of that. We are extremely proud of the fact that we are seeing young men and young women who will stand outside waiting on a bus to come and get an education. And that is huge. We do recognize it, and we look forward to partnering with you in the near future.”

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Seminar on African American males planned

Steve Perry

RAYMOND – Educators are invited to a free seminar at Hinds Community College by Dr. Steve Perry, who has written a book called “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking A Fight.”

Perry, who specializes in issues of African American Males, is speaking at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. His visit is sponsored by the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), which is based at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive.

The goal of the seminar is to “acquaint educators with excellent strategies and tips on how to help African American males and other under-resourced students in the classroom,” said Dr. Joyce Scott, director of M2M. “The seminar will further provide guidance and capacity building training.”

Perry is nationally known for his presentations, including a TVONE docudrama “Save My Son.” He began a charter school with a 100 percent success rate in terms of graduation and retention and then he succeeded with a 100 percent college entrance rate, Scott said.

“He works with the poorest of the poor in the Connecticut area and deals with students who are under-resourced, just like the students we deal with, particularly in the M2M projects,” Scott said.

Perry is a strong advocate of personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life. He emphasizes the social issues that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that the next generation can be better contributing members of society.

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Posted by on 19 July

M2M program open for fall applications

The Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), based at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive, is now accepting applications for entrance into the program for all first-time, full-time, African-American males enrolled for the fall.

The deadline for application to the program is Aug. 30. Regular registration for Hinds Community College ends on Aug. 16 with fall classes beginning on Aug. 19.

The M2-M program provides leadership training, career counseling, tutoring, mentoring and opportunities for travel to senior level universities for program participants. The four-year project is designed to increase the graduation rates of African-American Males and is funded by a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact Steven Harper at 601.987.8129 or steven.harper@hindscc.edu.

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