To read the press release about this program for returning fathers, please click here.
BOOK TITLE: Hidden in the Shadow Truth
RELEASE DATE: May 13, 2010
BOOK AUTHOR: Reginald E. Hicks
AUTHOR CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
AUTHOR RESIDENCE: Hampton, Virginia
HIDDEN IN THE SHADOW OF TRUTH (already receiving the major distinctions of “Editor’s Choice” and “Rising Star” from editorial and quality review boards) was written neither to absolve nor to indict black males for their current social condition. It was written, rather, to provide a comprehensive and accurate explanation as to why so many black males seem to be led by the nose toward the prison doors. Why is it that black juveniles consistently outpace their white, Hispanic, and Asian counterparts by a margin of more than 2 to 1 in the commission of murders, aggravated assaults, weapons law violations, forcible rapes, robberies, and motor vehicle thefts? Why is it that they gravitate more toward gangs and guns than toward life and liberty?
Even as a black male educator and a fifteen-year veteran of the public school system (Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia), I too have been perplexed and befuddled by the attitudes and behaviors of too many of my black male students. In fact, it is their unprovoked aggressiveness, their unrelenting negative outlook, their lack of investment in their own education, and their glorification of prison life that has propelled me to research and write this book initially for my own edification. I finally fully understand what many incorrectly presume black males should already know: why our black boys choose failure, criminality, prison, and death.
My singular goal is now to inform those who may be ill-informed and hopefully lead the misled out of the darkness of propaganda, lies, and half-truths, making all of us (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, or background) better parents, advocates, teachers, role models, mentors, and citizens. Our black boys cannot be helped if the ailment is not understood. But, I cannot even attempt to effectively inform others without your help. Irrespective of your race or ethnic group, you are an integral part of the process of healing and rehabilitating a whole generation of black youths infected with a self-destructive mentality. This is not a “black” problem. This is an “American” problem. I need your help!
After you have purchased your copy of HIDDEN IN THE SHADOW OF TRUTH, and if you find it as informative as many already have, please spread the word to friends, relatives, and co-workers because no one can help anyone, on a large scale, without the help of others. HIDDEN IN THE SHADOW OF TRUTH can be ordered through any major bookseller or purchased online through www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com, or by contacting iUniverse at www.iuniverse.com or calling 1-800-AUTHORS (1-800-288-4677). Thank you very much for all that you do in helping to cut the ties that bind and enslave our black boys.
Your Author and Fellow Concerned Educator,
Reginald E. Hicks
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Y2K Academy Partners With Hampton Roads CARES to Recruit Mentors
Read the Suffolk News-Herald article concerning Y2K Academy's Responsible Fatherhood Appreciation activities week.
Story Published Sunday, June 20, 2010.
(Suffolk, VA) June 9, 2010 -- Through a Y2K Academy led initiative, the City of Suffolk Mayor Linda T. Johnson gave her support to the observance recognizing Dads all across the region.
To participate in Y2K10 Dadz of the Year Awards, June 27, 2010, click here.
Y2K Academy Celebrates National Mentoring Month With
MLK, Jr. Day of Service 7 Cities Prayer Convoy to Recruit Male Mentors
January is National Mentoring Month
For Immediate Release December 7, 2009
Contact: Dr. Princella Johnson, (757) 925-4545, Ext. 1003
To Donate: Via PayPal at http://www.y2kacademy.com/Support_Y2KA.htm
Fund-raising Campaign Runs from December 1, 2009 – January 31, 2010
Subject: Recruiting Mentors & Raising Funds to Bring “Virtual Mentoring to Hampton Roads”
What: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service 7 Cities Prayer Convoy to Recruit Male Mentors
for children with incarcerated parents. Y2K Academy is a Caregiver’s Choice agency.
Y2K Academy provides 1-year FREE mentoring scholarships to children who meet
the following criteria:
• Currently have a parent in a state or federal prison;
• Are not already in a formal one-to-one mentoring relationship; and
• Are between the ages of 4-18.
When: January 18, 2010
Where: Churches in Hampton Roads Needed for Each of the Seven Cities
Why: (a) To recruit male mentors to work with children with incarcerated parents throughout the Hampton Roads community.
(b) To increase mentor participation by providing virtual (online) mentoring program.
Who: Sponsored by Millennial Mentoring Youth Academy. Y2K Academy is a member of
MENTOR-The National Mentoring Partnership, SafetyNet, VA Mentoring Partnership & Chairs, Hampton Roads CARES Circle of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, Inc.
Published Friday, January 1, 2010
Millennial Mentoring Youth Academy, also known as Y2K Academy, has received a $25,000 grant from the National Fatherhood Initiative to help young men learn to be better fathers.
“With the rising gang and drug activity in semi-rural communities throughout Western Tidewater and Greater Hampton Roads, now is the time to stem the tide of violence by motivating dads to take back their communities through loving support of their children and visible presence in our neighborhoods,” Dr. Princella Johnson said in announcing the grant award this week.
“We are thankful to NFI for providing these funds to help make our communities safer and more father friendly,” she added.
The grant will help the Franklin-based Academy develop fatherhood programs and improve its ability to seek federal and private philanthropic support, according to a press release.
The 2010 grant winners will attend an intensive, weeklong “Certification College,” led by NFI, that is intended to help them develop practices in support of fathers in their areas.
“No longer will we stand idly by and watch the prisons, gangs and streets claim our sons and daughters through father absence,” said Maurice Johnson, vice principal at Y2K Academy and director of the Y2K Dadz program. “Because of this grant, we will now have the tools to make a greater impact on Hampton Roads.”
Since 1994, the National Fatherhood Initiative has worked to improve the well being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible and committed fathers, according to a statement appearing on its Web site.
The organization promotes fatherhood through public awareness campaigns, through training and assisting leaders of fatherhood initiatives across the nation and by developing partnerships that will help promote the NFI goals.
“At a time when one in three children are growing up apart from their fathers, Y2K Academy should be applauded for its efforts to engage Suffolk and Hampton Roads’ fathers in the lives of their children,” NFI president Roland C. Warren said in the release.
Y2K Academy is an African-American owned, faith-based education agency dedicated to strengthening and preserving families by providing mentoring to children and counseling about responsible parenting to their parents.
The organization offers free one-year mentoring scholarships to qualifying children whose parents are in jail, and it has established its own social media campaign, “Have you seen my dad?” to encourage father involvement throughout Hampton Roads.
Its Y2KA Family Enrichment Center emphasizes academic support, workforce development training and effective parenting education as a means to decrease school dropout rates, crime involvement, teen pregnancy and substance abuse, according to Johnson, the director.
This year, the Academy plans to launch its “Y2K Virtual Mentoring” program, which is intended to provide online mentoring for youth across the area.
The organization plans to host the “MLK, Jr., Day of Service 7 Cities Prayer Convoy” on Jan. 18 to highlight its need for male mentors to help support the program for children of incarcerated parents, as well as the new virtual mentoring program.
For more information about the Jan. 18 event, or about Y2K Academy, call Princella Johnson at 924-4545, ext. 1003, or visit www.yskacademy.com.
(Y2KA correction: Phone number should read (757) 925-4545, ext. 1003 and Web Address is: www.y2kacademy.com)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 30, 2009
CONTACT: Dr. Princella Johnson, (757) 925-4545, Ext. 1003 E-mail: email@example.com
Y2K ACADEMY WINS $25,000 CAPACITY-BUILDING AWARD FROM NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE
The National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative is a program administered by National Fatherhood Initiative through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance. This year’s grantees are the fourth set of approximately 25 grantees per year that have been assisted by the NRFCBI since 2007. For more information about the NRFCBI, visit www.fatherhood.org/grant.
Y2K Academy is an African-American owned, faith-based education agency dedicated to strengthening and preserving families by providing mentoring and responsible parenting education and counseling. To eligible youth, Y2K Academy provides FREE one-year mentoring scholarships to children whose parents are incarcerated through MENTOR’s Children of Prisoners Voucher Program. Y2K Academy established its own social media campaign, “Have You Seen My Dad?” to encourage father involvement in Hampton Roads. The Academy serves youth and families through its Y2K Dadz™ Program and Y2KA Family Enrichment Center with mentoring which emphasizes academic support, workforce development training and effective parenting education as a means to decrease school drop-out, crime involvement, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. In 2010, Y2K will launch its “Y2K Virtual Mentoring” program which will provide online mentoring for youth across Hampton Roads. For more information about fatherhood, becoming a mentor or to donate, please visit www.y2kacademy.com.
The premier fatherhood renewal organization in the country, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) works in every sector and at every level of society to engage fathers in the lives of their children. NFI's national public service advertising campaign promoting fatherhood has generated television, radio, print, Internet, and outdoor advertising valued at over $500 million. Through its resource center, FatherSOURCE, NFI offers a wide range of innovative resources to assist fathers and organizations interested in reaching and supporting fathers.
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