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April 5, 2012
Nelson speaks to HCC Faculty and Staff during Summit
WELDON, N.C. – Dr. Angelia Nelson, Elizabeth City State University professor and coach addressed the topic of “Inspiring Minority Males to achieve through Mentoring” with Halifax Community College (HCC) faculty, staff and administration during the fifth annual Preparing Men for Intellectual, Academic & Educational Success (PRIDE) of Halifax Male Mentoring Program’s Men to Men Summit on April 4.

Nelson cited sobering statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the bureau’s figures, the nation graduates only 47 percent of black males who enter the 9th grade. Also, the private sector projects the building of new prisons based on 3rd and 4th grade reading scores. In addition, she highlighted some of the problems that males have when they have absent fathers. Despite these statistics, Nelson offered hope. Her key points included:

  • Defining one’s identity
  • Having a propensity for greatness
  • Getting a vision
  • Facing obstacles with faith and courage
  • Building a relationship with your God
Nelson also offered mentoring as a way to reach people and give them hope and encouragement. According to MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, nearly 17.6 million people want mentors, but only 3 million have such a relationship. These figures show the mentoring gap. She encouraged anyone who has been impacted by mentors in their lives to become a mentor today.

This event was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.
Dr. Angelia Nelson
Dr. Angelia Nelson
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