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‘Man-Up’ Program Mentors Teens in Plano, TX

The City of Plano, Collin College and Plano Independent School District (PISD) have unveiled a new citywide mentoring initiative that pairs volunteers with teens in Collin County – the MAN-Up Program. This Program sponsored the Plano Male Youth Summit in phases during February.

The City of Plano, Collin College and Plano Independent School District (PISD) have unveiled a new citywide mentoring initiative that pairs volunteers with teens in Collin County – the MAN-Up Program. This Program sponsored the Plano Male Youth Summit in phases during February.

MAN-Up offers teens positive, adult influence to help them make the right choices as they mature into manhood. It was launched recently during the Martin Luther King Day Observance in Plano. The Summit is the brainchild of City of Plano youth leaders Alvis Alexander and Terrance Wright, Greg Thomas (Plano ISD), Kirk Lee (Collin College), and Lawrence Mann (PISD mentor/State-appointed Official).

“Helping teenagers in our community transition to adult responsibilities is an important investment in our youth,” said Lawrence Mann. “A fundamental part of our forefather’s vision was to ensure that all children, regardless of race or class, be provided the same opportunities to succeed in life. This program will go a long way in advancing that vision."

Guest speaker for the Plano Male Youth Summit was former Dallas Cowboys player and Coach Jim Jeffcoat. The discussion panel consisted of Plano City Council Member Harry LaRosiliere, Judge Johnny Lewis and Lawrence Mann. Through the Program many important issues were addressed (e.g. like education and career choices, developing leadership qualities, teen violence, and drug education). The MAN-Up committee is working with private organizations and individuals to pair volunteers with 6th – 12th graders to develop one-on-one relationships, help set and meet goals, and provide motivation and guidance. Mentors are entrepreneurs, dads, teachers, youth ministers, and civic leaders who agree to spend four to six hours per month with a teen. The MAN-Up Summits will be held twice a year, and facilitated through the City of Plano.

For more information about the MAN-Up Plano Male Youth Summit, call Alvis Alexander at 972-941-7174 or Terrance Wright at 972-941-1561.

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