Youth Development

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“Suns and Poppas” Fathers and Sons Workshop

“Film Found Me” passionate letter from Director, Spike Lee to his children

  The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint by Spike Lee – Project Update #39: FILM FOUND ME Written Posted by Spike Lee FILM FOUND ME Dear Daughter and Son, Since the both of you were born, you have known your Daddy makes movies. It was something I did and will continue to do. I vividly remember … Continue reading

How to Encourage Good Study Habits in Your Kids

Good study habits are incredibly valuable for kids. If they learn them early, they will build upon them as they grow older and this focus and discipline will help them in all areas of life. There are things parents can do to help their kids develop and build upon good study habits. Keep The Learning … Continue reading

Rebuilding Our Youth’s Sense of Self-Worth.

We have to re-adjust our children’s appreciation and value meters. Today’s youth are deeply entranced with meaningless material things. They will do almost anything to get them, lieing, even robbing, stealing and hurting themselves and other people for garbage like this. Many of our children and a few of our adults have more appreciation and … Continue reading

Four African girls have created a Urine-powered generator.

Four African girls have created a generator that produces electricity for six hours using a single liter of urine as fuel. The generator was unveiled at last week’s Maker Faire in Lagos, Nigeria, by the four teens Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, and Faleke Oluwatoyin, all age 14, and Bello Eniola, 15. So how exactly does … Continue reading

Preparing our Students for Success in a Global Age

“Preparing our Students for Success in a Global Age” Dear Parents of Grades 5-12:Tomorrow is the big test day for our hard working students taking the Specialized High School exam. We work really hard with our students teaching them research- based test taking strategies, test anxiety, stress management, memorization and concentration skills. Although we believe … Continue reading

Justice in the handcuffing and arrest of 6-year-old Salecia Johnson

On April 13th, our six-year-old daughter, Salecia Johnson was handcuffed and arrested at her school, Creekside Elementary in Baldwin, GA for a so-called ‘temper tantrum’. She was charged with battery and suspended for the remainder of the school year. The school took all of these actions without notifying us. Although they claim to have called, … Continue reading

The Difference Between a Man and a Boy

You know the guy. He’s a friend of yours. Everyone knows the guy who’d rather play video games 24/7 and live in his parents’ basement. You know, the guy who takes the storyline behind his favorite board game a wee bit too seriously. Yeah, you know the guy, as do I. I think I’ve figured … Continue reading

The Empowerment Vessel – Black Male Crisis – Self Image

The issue of the “Crisis of The Black Male” is truly one that is tearing at my heart, and provoking my aggression to cause a change, “by any means necessary.” I recently read an article that quite frankly expressed that we have lost a generation of black boys. It further expressed that the adverse effects … Continue reading

Real Men Read in Brooklyn

Proud Poppas United joined the Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School (P.S. 9) for the 4th Annual Real Men Read Day. It’s been recognized thru a nationwide data, male students are not making the types of gains in their reading and literacy skills that female students are making. So the staff and volunteers of P.S. 9 hosts … Continue reading

Big Congrats to the 2012 Graduates!

Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy (an all-male charter school) just pulled a THREE-PEAT announcing that ALL of their graduating seniors have been accepted into four-year colleges! Some folks have no faith in the educational system, but Urban Prep Academy on Chicago’s south side must be doing something right. Once again, 100% of its 2012 graduating seniors … Continue reading

Tyrone McCants of Proud Poppas United speaks to the youth of Andries Hudde Middle School I.S. 240

Tyrone McCants had the privilege of being a Honored Guest Speaker at Andries Hudde Middle School’s Annual Men’s Career Mentor Day in Brooklyn, NY. He also facilitated several classes with the male eighth graders where he gave his personal testimonial on his career as an independent photographer and small business owner of Zire Photography & Graphic, a Youth Consular and Advocate, and the … Continue reading

Proud Poppas United talk with Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson

Proud Poppas United meet with Psychologist & Educator, Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson to get his view on the current absent father epidemic in the black communities. PPU: What are your thoughts on the current “absent father” epidemic? Is it a problem that is inherited or programmed into our family structure? PPU: How important is it for … Continue reading

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