The FBI has teamed up with entertainer Steve Harvey’s mentoring program for African American teenage boys.
FBI agents and staff are reaching out to hundreds of at-risk teen boys, volunteering their time to mentor at the Steve Harvey Foundation Mentoring Weekend over Fathers’ Day weekend at Harvey’s ranch outside Dallas, TX.
The Steve Harvey Foundation mentoring program was established to help African American teen boys growing up without father figures develop into future leaders. Harvey visited FBI Headquarters in April to discuss the partnership, which provides the Bureau the opportunity to educate the young people about the FBI, generating excitement about career and internship opportunities.
“We’re asking them to reflect on who they are, where they come from, and what they stand for,” said FBI Community Relations Unit Chief Brett Hovington. “I hope that they’ll be able to join us in fighting the challenges of tomorrow by committing to making the right choices today.”
Through support from the FBI Dallas Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association and the Dallas Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, the mothers of the teens attended an FBI Community Relations Executive Seminar Training (CREST) recently where they heard from subject matter experts on gang violence and safe online surfing.
FBI executive Jennifer Love, who serves as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Inspection Division, said she saw volunteering as an important opportunity to impact the lives of youth. “With kids, you can’t just tell them they can do better, you have to show them they can do better—you have to put a positive example in front of them,” she said. “I think it is important that the FBI is partnering with the Steve Harvey Foundation so they can see law enforcement in a positive light, and find new role models outside of entertainment and sports.”
The three-day camp gives young men the opportunity to participate in group and team building activities and participate in programs such as “What it takes to get into and stay in college.” Campers also stay busy fishing, playing paintball, golfing and playing tennis.
“The Steve Harvey mentoring weekend is a much needed program—it exposes at-risk youth to good role models,” said Dallas Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association President Carlos Amaral. “I am excited about the Dallas Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association’s involvement in this year’s event. We hope it will become a staple for our program.”
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