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Growing Kings to host informational event on April 19 to recruit volunteers to help young, male students


Growing Kings, a nonprofit mentor group, will host an informational meeting for the My Brother's Keeper - Birmingham (MBKB) Mentor Network on Wednesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Urban League, 1229 Third Ave. North.
As part of the City of Birmingham's "My Brother's Keeper" efforts, a citywide mentor network is being launched to provide training and resource opportunities for existing and aspiring male mentoring and youth development groups. The program will also help build capacity to deliver monthly mentoring sessions at local recreation centers.
During Wednesday's meeting, attendees will hear from the MBK Birmingham director, Kelli Solomon, and learn about how volunteers' involvement is critical to ensuring that boys and young men in Birmingham have the support systems and guidance needed to improve their educational, economic and societal outcomes.
As part of the network, attendees will have access to funders, policy makers, training opportunities, out-of-state conferences and being showcased during national mentoring month. One of the biggest components of the MBKB Mentor Network is vetting a select group of individuals and/or organizations to lead monthly mentoring sessions for boys and young men ages 9-11, 12-14, 15-18, and 19-24 at one of the following recreation centers: Memorial Park, Fountain Heights, Central Park, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, on the third Saturday of each month.