Young Men’s Academy

Advisors: H. Grady James IV – Principal/Founder
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Purpose: The Hawthorne Avenue School Young Men’s Academy is a school-based organization that seeks to develop the academic and social aspects of adolescent life for inner-city boys in grades 6-8.

The Young Men’s Academy functions under a 5-pillar character building system:
I. PRIDE
II. RESPONSIBILITY
III. INTEGRITY
IV. DISCIPLINE
V. FAMILY and BROTHERHOOD

The Academy will research, and discuss the occurrence and pressing issues of inner-city boys. These issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Social Etiquette
  • Work Ethic
  • Peer Pressure
  • Workplace Readiness
  • The Role of Media in the Black Community
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Abstinence, Safe Sex, and Sexual Harassment
  • Anger Management and Conflict Resolution
  • The Effects of Education (or the lack thereof)

Note:

  • Every Monday, the young men will demonstrate workplace readiness by dressing in a collared, button down shirt with a neck tie (can be supplied by staff if necessary), dress or khaki pants.
  • Mr. James will facilitate meetings. However, guest speakers may be called in to speak on specific issues.
  • The meetings will generally take place during the school day for one-hour periods. In some instances, the young men will be called in for workshops and activities.
  • For Annual Men’s Day and community projects, guests may also come in to speak to, and converse with our young men.