CHICAGO—The crisis among boys, particularly urban youth, will be the focus of this year’s International Men’s Day-Chicago event involving more than 20 community groups and city and state agencies. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the free event, directed by Real Men Cook® co-founder Yvette Moyo Gillard and presented by Real Men Charities, Inc., in cooperation with Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA). The Saturday, Nov. 19 program will be moderated by WVON-AM radio personalities Cliff Kelley and Matt McGill and includes free health screenings in association with CVCA's Community Day activities.
International Men’s Day is recognized by the United Nations and observed in more than 50 countries. Similar Real Men events will take place in Real Men Cook cities of Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas. During the Chicago event, prominent pioneer leaders will be honored for their work in laying the groundwork that empowers a gifted group of younger men today. With the theme, “Giving Boys the Best Possible Start in Life”, panel discussions will be led by this younger group of leaders and focus on five challenges: Health and life expectancy; education; violence; rights to fatherhood; and real life choices.
Among the men to be recognized are Dr. Terry Mason, Haki Madhubuti, Dr. Carl Bell, Thomas Wortham, III, Sean Stalling, Patrick Woodtor, Phillip Jackson and the men of Real Men Cook. Panelists include host principal Douglas L. Maclin, Javin Foreman, Carl West, T.J. Crawford, Marwin Brown and former DCFS Director Erwin McEwen.
“This is a real opportunity to bring even more attention to the future of our boys, the importance of fatherhood, honoring our pioneer leaders who are now passing the torch to the youth and hearing from the best and brightest committed young fathers and leaders offering solutions,” said Moyo Gillard. “Chicago is an important city in finding solutions to these problems. We expect to come out of the event with solid ideas and marching orders.”
Other highlights include the introduction of Kenneth Braswell, whose organization, Fathers Incorporated, recently was awarded $7.4 million to manage President Obama’s National Fatherhood Clearinghouse. Additionally, the Real Men Cook Urban Youth Café will be launched.
The Urban Youth Café is a 20-week course that trains 20-30 apprentice chefs in entrepreneurial and culinary art skills to promote healthy cooking and home economics. Chef Curtis Drane, Vanessa Muhammad and Real Men Cook veteran Julian Valentine conceptualized the Real Men Charities, Inc. Urban Youth Cafe in line with the organization's Real Men Cook with Kids® nutrition, healthy eating and disease prevention efforts.
WHAT: International Men’s Day forum, themed “Giving boys the best possible start in life”
WHO: Prominent pioneer and youth leaders, community organizations and residents. Hosted by Real Men Charities, Inc. Board of Directors, Real Men Cook co-founder Yvette Moyo-Gillard, CVCA Principal Douglas Maclin, Chef Curtis Drane and Real Men Charities, Inc. Associate Executive Director Gerald Frazier
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Chicago Vocational Career Academy, 2100 East 87th St., Chicago, Illinois
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: International Men’s Day spokespersons, including Yvette Moyo Gillard, are available for pre-event interviews. NOTE TO TELEVISION PRODUCERS: Former Morton Steak House and Webber Grill executive chef Curtis Drane and chef apprentice Julian Valentine are available to talk about their mentor-protégé (“best possible start in life”) relationship while they prepare internationally inspired dishes.
PARTICIPATING GROUPS: Fathers Who Care; Project Brotherhood; Dept. of Human Services Task Force; Community Mental Health Council; fraternities, Chicago Police; retired Firemen; and a host of Men’s church and community groups.
Vendor Donation $100 ($75.00 until 11/11)