Free education forum to be held June 21

Detroit Lions Rookie MinicampSports celebrities, elected officials and business professionals have joined efforts to encourage youth success at Michigan Technical Academy’s (MTA) second annual “Real Men and Women Champion Education” conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 19940 Mansfield St. in Detroit.  The free, day-long forum is expected to draw Detroit area students and their parents, introducing them to leaders including James Logan, University of Michigan program outreach coordinator, attorney and entrepreneur Phyllis A. Gayden, and Manhood Project founder Phil Black.


Boasting the theme “The Leadership Pact,” a highlight of the program that features workshops, panel discussions and lunch for participants, will be the presentation of neckties donated by such notables as Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Detroit City Councilman James Tate; pearls necklaces were donated by financial expert Gail Perry Mason through MTA’s “Ties for Guys/Pearls for Girls” campaign. Students attending the forum will receive ties or pearls as symbols of their future success, affixed with words of encouragement. Detroit Lions rookie players were among those leading the charge to collect ties from Lions team members and Ford Field employees.


“While our players and staff are all busy preparing for this season the Detroit Lions organization wanted to send a message that we believe in our young people,” said Dr. Galen Duncan, senior director of player development, Detroit Lions. “We hope they’ll wear their symbols proudly.”


Other “successory” donations for student participants were received from Hot Sam’s Quality Clothes. Along with Logan, Gayden and Black, speakers at the forum will include:  Marlin Page, founder of Sisters Code;  Djeneba Cherif, Teach for America manager of alumni leadership development; Odis Bellinger, founder of the Male Responsibility Leadership Institute; Tene’ Dismuke, instructor for the House of Bastet arts program; and authorsDorothy Huddleston and Dr. Sabrina Jackson.


“Real Men and Women Champion Education” is open to the public, but pre-registration is required by calling 313.272.1649, or visiting the web site  Media may contact Sandra Ware at 248.417.2709 or via email to request interviews.

About MTA

Michigan Technical Academy (MTA) is an award-winning public charter school dedicated to helping children have a voice and participate in creating a better world. Our mission is to develop and challenge students to become innovative thinkers through technology-rich instruction. Established in 1995, MTA has two campuses in Detroit and Redford, Mich., serving 1,100 pre-K through eighth-grade students. To learn more about MTA

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