Neighborhood Highlight – Greater Men Foundation

“Inspiring, Educating and Enhancing the lives of youth through Programs, Special Events and Scholarships that teach necessary Life Skills needed to SUCCEED in all endeavors.

The Greater Men Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that inspires, educates and enhances the lives of youth by providing free programs, special events and scholarship opportunities for youth.

“I started this organization to provide a voice for the voiceless,” said Dwight Miller, CEO and Founder of GMF, “the problem was there were so many issues that I didn’t know which problems to focus on.” “Ultimately, the response from the community was there was a need to just become better – greater- than you are now, thus, GMF was born.”

Founded in October 2010 in a response to crime and gang activity in Urban areas, GMF has served over 150 students in Des Moines (Iowa) Kansas City & St.Louis (Missouri), Wichita & Topeka (Kansas), Omaha & Lincoln (Nebraska) and Chicago (Illinois) ages 12-21, through the life skills program, Project SHINE, an 8-week life skills enhancement curriculum that focuses on career development, positive self-esteem, healthy relationships, academic enhancement and teamwork.

“We are very proud to announce our partnership with the Greater Men Foundation,” commented Billy Stone, Education Specialist with Oakridge Neighborhood Association, “We believe that with the leadership of Dwight and the progressive, aggressive nature of the Project SHINE curriculum will allow Oakridge to serve our youth and
provide opportunities for families.”

Project SHINE will be strengthened by several program enhancements this summer that enable youth to showcase their skills, talents and abilities which include: Student-Athlete Education Clinics with SIMPSON COLLEGE, tutoring/mentoring collaborations with EVERYBODY WINS IOWA, Spring Fashion Show collaboration with OAKRIDGE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

On April 21st from noon-1:00pm at the Ruan Center The Greater Men Foundation will host the first in a series of entrepreneurship workshops for teens sponsored by BANKERS TRUST.

“This event will serve as a first step of building a relationship between Bankers Trust and the Greater Men Foundation and its mission of creating opportunities for minority students,” said Alejandro Orozco, Banker’s Trust Vice President.

For More Information about the Greater Men Foundation, registering for Project SHINE Summer program at Oakridge Neighborhood Association beginning April 21st, contact Dwight Miller at 515-202-7704.

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