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April 15, 2013
PRIDE hosts sixth annual Men to Men Summit at HCC
WELDON, N.C. – The Preparing Men for Intellectual, Academic & Educational Success (PRIDE) of Halifax Male Mentoring Program hosted the sixth annual Men to Men Summit at The Centre at Halifax Community College (HCC) on April 10. "Am I My Brother's Keeper?" was this year's theme. The keynote speaker was Tawan Perry.

Perry is a nationally known speaker and author of eight books including "Up Your Org: A Guide To Help Student Leaders Thrive." He has been a guest on TV and radio shows on FOX, NBC and CBS. He was also named one of Prince George's Community College's fabulous 50 alumni during their bicentennial celebration. Perry's talks and workshops focus on student leadership, college completion and diversity. He has established a national reputation as a college completion expert who has the keys to unlock college success.

Addressing his struggle in school, Perry talked about how he got a second chance at a community college. He found a mentor at that college who helped him when he had questions and motivated him to finish. He compared the team that each college student needs for support to a football team, coaches and referees. He encouraged students to surround themselves with the right team.

Perry also talked about having a purpose and living within that purpose. He noted that we shouldn't be afraid to take risks for fear of failure. Perry also encouraged students to set specific standards for themselves. "From this point on, go back and be a difference maker," he added.

Also during the event, the HCC Principal's Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Marvin Bradley, Northwest Halifax High School; Michelle Burton, Weldon High School; and, Pamela Chamblee, Southeast Halifax High School. The award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership, determination and innovation by increasing student engagement, inspiring teachers, staff and students, and enhancing the learning environment.

The HCC 2013 What a Passion- What a Vision Man of Distinction Award was presented to Halifax County Board of Commissioners Chairman James Pierce and Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Allen Purser. The award is given in recognition of outstanding leadership, determination and community service.

The summit is designed for young men and professionals. Concurrent sessions for students addressed "My Brother's Perception of Me," "The Word in the Streets: Arm Yourself with Knowledge" and "Reclaiming the Minority Male Image." For administrators and community organizations, the topic, "Establishing Multiple Pathways to Educational Success" was addressed.

This event was funded by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant and the North Carolina Community College System 3M Grant.
Keynote speaker Tawan Perry
Keynote speaker Tawan Perry
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