The Gentlemen’s Agreement is an achievement program that began in the fall of 2015. The program targets African American, high school males with the intent of offering them personalized support from freshmen year to high school graduation. The students in the program are surrounded with positive outlets that affirm and celebrate who they are as talented, gifted and contributing members of the community, including a one on one mentor. The affirmation enhances their self perception so now they can determine who they are and what they can become - rather than having society define their value and their worth. The objective of the program is to adequately equip these young men with the tools needed to secure viable employment and create entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves, while at the same time ensuring they are driven by high moral and ethical values. In short, the program aims to aid the young men in becoming gentlemen. WRAL recently spotlighted the program on Education Matters - click here for the video clip.
Since the program's inception, the students have made tremendous strides academically, interpersonally, socially and culturally. Some of the activities the students have been involved in included:
- Barton, Wilson Community College College campus visits
- ENCSD Low Ropes Course - Part I
- Cultural Enrichment Trips including traveling to the Durham Performing Arts Center to see The Lion King (2016), a tour of Washington, DC and the National African American Museum of History & Culture (2017) and a tour of Atlanta, GA and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center (2018)
- HBCU Event at North Carolina A&T State University
- Summer Enrichment Camps with sports activities and field trips
- Financial Literacy Workshop
- Volunteer for Operation Backpack and the WCS Job Fair
The 2018-2019 school year will represent the fourth year of the Gentlemen's Agreement and our first graduating class of young men to complete the program. For the 2019 Awards Program, in addition to the presentation of the Barton scholarship mentioned above, we are planning to include a tradition that is practiced among various cultures across the globe sometimes referred to as a Rites of Passage that would be done every year thereafter.
- If you would like to become a mentor for one of the students you can apply by contacting Maurice Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be asked to visit the Volunteer Tracker webpage and fill out the necessary information. You must be registered as a volunteer. Once completed, you will also need to fill out a Mentor Interest Form.
- If you are an African American, high school male, you can apply to be a part of the program by filling out an Registration Form.
- If you would like to support the program financially, please fill out a Supporter Form and return it to Maurice Barnes at Central Office, PO Box 2048, Wilson, NC 27894-2048. You can also contact Mr. Barnes at email@example.com.