YBM Operation Sandwich Featured On WBTV
On a day that classrooms were closed across the county, Charlotte’s Irwin Academy opened its doors to provide lessons that may last a lifetime.The service, carried out by Hunter Davis and his fellow members of the Young Black Male Leadership Alliance (YBM), took on the issue of hunger in the Queen City.Volunteers from across the community packed more than 1,200 lunches. Ham and cheese sandwiches, animal Crackers, and notes from the heart telling those on the receiving end that they’re being thought of and prayed for.
YBM Gala Featured on WBTV
Remembering YBM Success Leader Bishop Davis
YBM Featured in the Charlotte Observer
Young Black Male Leadership Alliance honored 28 people Sunday for their outstanding contributions in the Charlotte community.
The nonprofit organization focuses on leadership development for young black men. The group is trying to create a new reality where young black men are sought out as leaders, according to an alliance news release.
YBM Featured On WBTV For Black History Month
We want that diverse group,” Martin told WBTV. “So the empowering comes from seeing 28 different men who are successful, 28 different men who have different perspectives on success.”
John Martin is taking a fresh approach, rather than showcasing the usual people and events during the month that celebrates African American achievement.His effort spotlights individuals that include Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter and CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe.
The goal is to use the testimonials as tools to teach.”Sit a young man down, and say ‘hey, you want to learn about success? Here’s 28 different stories you can learn from,” Martin said.
2015 Project Success Initiative
YBM Ambassador and MIT student Marshall Craft speaks
YBM Ambassador Marshall Craft Meets MIT Goal
Marshall Henry Craft has already accomplished so much in his short life and is on a path to tremendous success. It is easy to understand why the Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology senior received an early acceptance letter from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His un-weighted GPA of 5.33 places him at the top of his class of 286 students. He will be class valedictorian this spring.
Marshall’s educational and professional goal is to “obtain higher education in the engineering field through a doctorate degree to facilitate development of cutting edge technology and the production of said technology.” With his acceptance by MIT, his first college of choice, he is well on his way to achieving his goal.
Marshall, an Elite Scholar of the YBM Top 100, has been an AB Honor Roll student his entire academic career. In high school his primary focus is engineering and he has taken every Advanced Placement course available. He is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society.
Outside the classroom he has participated in several academic programs and technical competitions where he, understandably, excelled in each of them. Recent awards include the Duke Energy in Education Science Fair Award, a United States Air Force Science Fair Certificate of Achievement, and he and his partner won the 3rd Place Award at the International Science and Engineering Fair, in the Senior Chemistry Project Category.
Marshall takes the responsibility of leading by example seriously. He volunteers at his church and at school. In the community, he is a YBM Ambassador. He was the Host Ambassador at the February Leadership Luncheon with Dr. Ronald Carter, President of Johnson C. Smith University. The luncheon gives young YBM leaders and community leaders the opportunity to network and get valuable insight from a prominent community leader speaker.
John Martin, Founder and CEO of YBM Leadership Alliance, is proud of Marshall and not surprised about his MIT acceptance. “Marshall is an exceptional young man,” says Martin. “He’s the type of role model who deserves attention for his accomplishments. He’s a YBM Leader, for sure!”
Marshall is a focused and determined. It’s a fair assumption his pattern of success will continue at MIT.
YBM Ambassador Branden Cook Recognized for his Acting Skills
CHARLOTTE — Branden Cook wants to be a professional actor. The David W Butler High School Senior has definitely taken a huge step toward his goal. Cook, one of the YBM Leadership Alliance’s Top 100 Young Black Men of Charlotte and YBM Ambassador was praised on the radio Tuesday on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show for his major achievement in drama.
Contributing commentator Jeff Johnson highlighted Cook’s achievements when he listed several promising actors from around the country. Johnson mentioned Cook was member of YBM Leadership Alliance and has been nominated for a Blumenthal Performing Arts Musical Theater Award (The Blumey)…a major accomplishment for this young actor.Cook was nominated for a Blumey in the Best Featured Performer category and his high school was also nominated in the Best Musical category for the production of “Hairspray.”
The Blumenthal will also award two Blumey Award participants with scholarships provided by the Mary Doctor Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. The scholarship committee will notify students of their scholarship status by May 1, 2013 and the two scholarship award recipients will be announced publicly the evening of the gala awards ceremony on May 19.
Brandon will attend college after graduating from Butler High School. He has been accepted to attend Wake Forest, East Carolina University and UNC Greensboro to study Theater Arts. While he has yet to make his final decision about college, he does know drama is in his future.
John Martin, YBM Founder and CEO, is extremely proud of Brandon. “Brandon excels in the classroom and on the stage. He also excels in the community and works to make things better around him. He is a model YBM representative.”
YBM Founder named Charlotte Community Hero
John Martin, Founder and CEO of YBM Leadership Alliance, received special recognition Saturday, February 23. The Charlotte Bobcats and Wells Fargo honored him during halftime at the game against Denver as a Charlotte Bobcats Community Hero.
Martin was honored for his “inspirational work to strengthen our community” as the founder of an organization working tirelessly to change the perception and reality of young black men in the Charlotte community by developing their leadership skills and community service. There is special emphasis on inspiring and helping them to continue their education after high school graduation. YBM released the “Top 100 Young Black Men of Charlotte” in October and is now accepting nominations for the second edition of this publication.
Kim Henderson, VP Community Relations for the Bobcats presented the certificate to Martin. Joining the leader on the court for the presentation were several of his YBM Community Ambassadors, who were obviously proud of the man who has devoted so much time working with and leading them and their peers.
In addition to attending the game and viewing it from the Wells Fargo suite with his young associates, Martin was given a $1,000 contribution to support the programs of YBM Leadership Alliance.
“This recognition is not just mine to celebrate,” said Martin. “Each one of my YBM Leaders devotes as much time and talent to our endeavors. I am happy to know what we do is appreciated.”
YBM Members Busy Serving, Learning and Leading
Young leaders from YBM Leadership Alliance were busy advancing the mission of the organization over the last few days. Radio appearances, public service on ML King Day, lessons on leadership from a professional, and starting a new mentoring program kept the young, black men busy and helped them advance their growth as young professionals.
On Friday (1/18), Javari Parks, a Top 100 Elite student, joined John Martin, YBM Founder and CEO, for an appearance on the Motivated Man show on WGIV radio for a discussion on the topic of “Manhood.” Mr. Allison R. Preston, Residential Safety Manager for the Charlotte Housing Authority, joined the conversation. Javari represented the younger generation quite well.
On ML King Day (1/21), 13 YBM Ambassadors served as volunteer greeters for the Monday Prayer Breakfast held at the Charlotte Convention Center. More than 1200 attended the event to pay tribute to the venerable civil rights leader and to hear keynote speaker, Chef Jeff. Those saw the YBM Ambassadors, who represent the organization in the community through their service, decked out in their YBM Ambassador Sport coats. While on duty, they caught the attention of and were interviewed for three radio shows: BJ Murphy Morning Show (WGIV 103.3), Bea Thompson (101.9) and No Limit Larry (Power98).
On Tuesday (1/22), several YBM members joined YBM leaders, as well as community and business leaders for a presentation by Seth Bennett, Marketing VP for the Bobcats. Bennett shared his personal leadership journey. He discussed Bobcat branding and marketing principles and advised attendees on how to build a personal brand using core values, consistency and personal strengths. The Leadership Luncheon is a regular presentation organized by YBM Leadership Alliance.
On Wednesday (1/23), YBM mentors from the Top 100 program were trained in preparation for the John Motley Morehead STEM Academy Third Grade Reading Program. Training was at Zebulon B. Vance High School. The mentoring program is a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. It matches high-achieving black, male high school students with black, male elementary school students for weekly after-school sessions. Statistics show reading proficiency in
elementary school is pivotal for academic success. These YBM mentors are poised and positioned to help develop our future leaders.
On Thursday (1/24), the YBM Third Grade Reading Program was launched at the John Motley Morehead STEM Academy. The launch consisted of a Meet & Greet for YBM mentors, the third grade elementary students, their parents, Morehead staff and PTA, and YBM leadership. The program begins the week of January 28. The attendees learned about the mission of YBM Leadership Alliance and were given the details for the Third Grade Reading Program. The highlight of the event was the third grade mentees meeting their mentors for the first time.
These events graphically illustrate the variety of programs and opportunities available to the members of YBM Leadership Alliance.
YBM Featured in Charlotte Post
It is an exciting time for YBM Leadership Alliance. YBM was featured in the University City News section of the Charlotte Observer on Sunday January 6 and Monday January 7. The article highlighted the official opening of YBM’s search for Charlotte’s best black, male high school juniors to include in the second edition of the Top 100 Young Black Men of Charlotte publication.
Top 100 Student Introduces CMS Superintendent on the big stage
When CMS Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison unveiled his eight goals for the school system he has led for the past 100 days, he wasn’t the only leader on the stage. Before he shared his plans to improve areas he feels need improvement with a nearly full audience in Belk Theater Monday night, he was introduced by one of the students enrolled in a CMS high school.
Dallas Tomlinson had the honor of introducing Dr. Morrison to the audience. It wasn’t the first time he did it. But this time, he was selected by the superintendent.
The first time Tomlinson introduced Dr. Morrison, it was at 2012 Parent Engagement Fall Conference held on August 25 of this year. John Martin, CEO and Founder of YBM Leadership Alliance chose Dallas for the job. He knew the young man was the right student for the task. “I felt Dallas had the skills to handle the spotlight and he proved me right. He did such an outstanding job introducing Dr. Morrison that he received a standing ovation.” said Martin.
Dallas made an impression on Dr. Morrison. When the superintendent toured West Mecklenburg High School, he sought out Dallas and talked with him about his goals. When it was time to plan his presentation to the PTA, he called on Dallas to once again introduce him to the audience.
“I was surprised to know I made such an impression,” said Dallas. ”But I was happy to have the chance to talk with Dr. Morrison and honored he wanted me to make the introduction.”
Tomlinson, a senior at West Mecklenburg High School was nominated for inclusion in YBM’s new publication, “The Top 100 Young Black men of Charlotte,” published in October. His GPA, extracurricular activities and community service led to his being included with 99 other outstanding young men who have demonstrated their academic and leadership skills.
Dallas wants to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta. He plans to major in Political Science and eventually enter law school. His goal is to be a judge, and ultimately a Supreme Court Justice. It is obvious his leadership abilities are already strong. Dallas once again did an outstanding job introducing Dr. Morrison. He is a young star on the rise.