On Tuesday October 25th we held our Annual Silverback Gathering where new volunteers came together with our veterans to learn what we do and how and why we do it. These men have a heart of service and want to make an impact on future generations. This year 20 new men attended and committed to work with us in over 18 schools this upcoming mentoring season.
We realize that some potential mentors couldn't make that date but if you are still interested or know of a man that would be a great mentor please visit here http://silverbacksociety.com/
To see more photos from The Gathering event CLICK HERE!
Our first Mentor Preparation Retreat was better attended than our wildest expectation. Each Mentor who attended received a binder containing updated copies of the lesson plans and our strategy for the 2016-17 mentoring season. The first panel included an excellent presentation by retired educator Charles Rice Sr, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Brian Turner, professor at Xavier University and our Executive Director, Lloyd Dennis.
These gentlemen expertly helped our Mentors inform their expectations and understand how unconditional love, acceptance and patience from full grown successful men over the 5 months of our engagement creates a unique experience for our boys with the power to changes their lives. "Only after they trust us, do they believe us and only then, does what we teach them become their truth." - Lloyd Dennis
On the morning of Saturday December 17 from 9am - 11am the Silverback Society will have a short but intense and very important training and preparation session for men who will serve as Speaker Role Models for the Silverback Society this school term.
Speaker Role Models are proof of our boys' possibilities. Every successful person I've ever met can remember the day and the person when they looked up and thought, "That's what I want to be like." Our Speakers provide that opportunity... with their stories
Norman Robinson is a committed Silverback Society Speaker Role Model and has accepted the critical role of recruiting and helping new speakers craft their presentations so they will maximize their impact on the boys who hear them.
We Need Your Support!
As the end of the calendar year draws to a close, I am keenly conscious of all the energy and creativity that move the Silverback Society forward. Meeting recently with school administrators, I've heard repeated accolades for how our mentors manifest deep care and concern for each of our students. They know that the Silverback Society Program is making a difference on their campus.
You and I share an appreciation for the importance of mentoring and I encourage you to please support our work before the calendar year ends on Dec 31st.
One of our long-time donors has agreed to match your gift dollar for dollar if you make your gift by December 31! This means you can help us double our impact in the community. To take advantage of this matching gift challenge today visit CLICK HERE!
Make checks payable to: Silverback Society
Mail to: Silverback Society , 401 Park Blvd, New Orleans LA 70114