All young men who go through this program must demonstrate comprehension and application of the 11 Standards of Manhood. Many of these standards are derived from positive themes found within hip-hop music and historical Black idealogy [See if you can find out where each of these standards have been derived from? For instance, Standard 1 I Know I Can comes from Nas’ song of the same title].
Knowledge of each standard is a manifestation of what skills and tools I feel are necessary for all young Black males to be stewards of in order to be positive and productice citizens who are not bound by stereotypical chains. In essense, it’s a curriculum for this program.
Standard 1: I Know I Can
I am committed to having a positive personal VISION, GOALS, and a VIABLE CAREER PLAN for myself!
Standard 2: The Talented Tenth
I am committed to life-long learning and the pursuance of achievement in my academic endeavors.
Standard 3: Hustle Hard
I am financially literate and have an entrepreneurial spirit to legally expanding my capital and security so that I can provide opportunities for myself, my family, and my community.
Standard 4: Sophistication
I am an effective communicator, demonstrating stellar interpersonal skills and one who is an active listener; one who is prepared, and whose mere presence depicts the essence of a leader.
Standard 5: Self-Con(de)struction
I will act with INTEGRITY and RESPONSIBILITY. I will be an independent thinker that is self-sufficient, reliable, and confident; who is a good decision maker and one who holds himself ACCOUNTABLE for his actions.
Standard 6: ‘OUR’ Story
I am proud of who I am, my history, and my culture, and committing myself to learn as much as I can about my history and culture.
Standard 7: Fred Hampton
Like Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party, I will demonstrate a keen knowledge of the POLITICAL AND JUSTICE SYSTEMS so that I will know my BASIC RIGHTS as a citizen.
Standard 8: Brother’s Keeper
I am a man of the people who will demonstrate unwavering LOYALTY and BROTHERHOOD to family, my community and myself.
Standard 9: The People (Breakfast Program)
I am a selfless giver and have a spirit of obligation to MY COMMUNITY which means I will put forth conscious effort to help those in need.
Standard 10: Womanology
I hold all reverence to womanhood, and will not use derogatory terms in association with their likeness.
Standard 10: Our Motto
I will not preserve negative stereotypes and will demonstrate thoughts and actions beyond the expected. Building Roads of Opportunity Together Avoiding the Stereotype!
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