Manhood University works to strengthen Memphis men

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Manhood University is a team effort between the City of Memphis and several faith-based organizations to help improve the lives of Memphis men.

This year's theme is "Strong Men Stronger Memphis."

Manhood University sessions involve character building exercises that help men develop communication skills needed to excel at work.

"We know when there is a strong man in the house, when there is a strong man in the community, there's more stability," Ken Moody said.

Moody is a special assistant to Mayor Jim Strickland. The mayor's office is spearheading Manhood University in 2017.

"We've partnered with seven churches who have all agreed to take 25 men through a 5-week program, teaching them about job skills," Moody said.

The churches are spread across the city to make it easier for men to participate in the free program.

  • Pursuit of God Church, Pastor Ricky Floyd | 3171 Signal Street
  • Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Westwood, Dr. Rev James Netters | 620 Parkrose Rd
  • New Sardis Baptist Church, Dr. L. LaSimba Gray | 7739 E Holmes Rd
  • Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Pastor Jason Turner | 70 N Bellevue Blvd
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Wade Bryant | 704 South Parkway
  • St. Paul Baptist Church, Pastor Christopher Davis | 2124 East Holmes Rd

Once the 5-week workshop wraps up on June 22, participants will hold a "My Brother's Keeper" job initiative at Cooke Convention Center.

"We're going to have some 30-40 companies there to offer them job opportunities," Moody said.

Moody said the job fair will be open to men as young as 16--not just the ones that graduated Manhood University.

These plans are designed to help make Memphis a better city and to save lives and build stronger families.

"They will feel better about themselves. They become tax payers. They help our community grow. They become role models. They give back. They become leaders. It just makes for a strong environment," Moody said.

For more information, or to sign up for events, click here.

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