City's Program Aimed to Shape Young Men Returns

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The city's six-week program created to empower young men, Manhood University will resume for another session on Oct. 7.

In partnership with leaders of the faith community, the city will provide six Saturday classes for young men, inspiring them to build up their communities, find jobs, and strengthen relationships.

"This program cultivates men by engaging, encouraging, and empowering them to become more productive citizens," Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said. "Manhood University works to connect the community, churches, corporate partners, and government to build a program that aids in empowering men."

Participants will learn financial literacy, conflict resolution, job readiness, goal-setting, time management, and communication skills.

The mayor's special assistant for community affairs, Ken Moody said the lack of opportunities for men in the city is why the program is necessary.

"We know when there is a strong man in the house, when there is a strong man in the community, there's more stability," Moody said. "To see the lack of opportunities provided for men in the Greater Memphis area did something to me. When I first talked to the mayor about this program, we agreed it's programs like this that changes lives."

Registration for the classes is on the Manhood University website.

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