The Real Men Real Heroes concept was developed in Wichita, Kansas late in 2006 by Wichita Philanthropist, Barry Downing and his children’s Projects Manager, Polly Basore. Their belief was that there was a need to create something to counteract the damaging effects of young men living in a society that exposes them to media images that seemed to portray black men as either criminals or successful only in the fields of pro sports or entertainment.
From this was born the concept introducing local black youth to real men in their community who were everyday heroes. In March 2007, Basore invited two dozen members of the community to form an advisory committee to shape what became The Real Men Real Heroes Project. Initially nominations were sought from the public to identify men who qualified as exemplary role models. Nominations were then reviewed by the advisory committee and subjected to formal background checks.
A group of 32 men were then invited to join the project, taking on the role of being identified as a Hero in the community. The heroes immediately began serving youth by visiting classrooms and other venues around Wichita. In May 2008, President Bush recognized Hero Buddy Shannon with a Presidents Call to Service Award during a visit to Wichita. With the pilot project complete, the Heroes in June 2008 set out to form a board and establish their own non-profit organization.
Male role models empowering youth
to help build strong communities.
MEET THE BOARD
Wichita Fire Department - Captain of Fire Prevention Division
Air Force, Director of Programs
FAA - Deputy Director
*Mr. Morgan is serving in his personal capacity
Martin Pringle Law Firm - Attorney
Wichita Police Department - Public Information Officer
Board Vice Chair
Westar Energy - Economic Development Manager
Wichita State University -
Community Development Manager
SurePrep - National Account Success Manager
Wichita SBA - District Director
*Mr. Bell is serving his personal capacity
Wichita Community Foundation - Director of Strategic Initiatives
Cargill- Business Manager
Fidelity Bank - EVP, Director of Culture and Talent
Spirit Aerosystems - Manager of R&D
MEET THE TEAM
PROGRAM COORDINATOR VISTA
Member Duties : You will help create and monitor programming efforts while tracking progress of students in RMRH database. You will also create ways to follow extra-curricular activities that students are involved in and the development measurements of developed character. You will also help develop ways to monitor what students are involved in and the level of engagement. Creating reports that can be shared and duplicated in the future of student profiles, statistics, and effectiveness of RMRH programming. You will also assess the current state of RMRH efforts in mentorship programming that creates or revises policies, procedures, and documents to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of the mentorship programming of RMRH.
Program Benefits : Training, Education award upon successful completion of servicem, Childcare assistance if eligible, Health Coverage* , Relocation Allowance, Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend .
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