Cincinnati Public Schools’ M.O.R.E. program hosted its Fourth Annual Manpower Conference for 9th- through 12th-grade members on Wednesday, October 30.
The conference’s focus was to highlight the importance of education and to show the impact it has on the future — from African-American men who have reached positive levels of success. The event welcomed 194 M.O.R.E. students to CPS’ Education Center, each wearing the group’s white dress shirts and orange-and-blue striped ties.
M.O.R.E — Men, Organized, Respectful and Educated — is a Cincinnati Public Schools’ program that began at one high school in 2009 and has grown into a districtwide initiative. Its goal is to keep at-risk young men on track academically and aimed at graduation. The M.O.R.E program nurtures academic success and strong character development.
Each M.O.R.E. student also attended two breakout groups where they heard from successful men from our community: John Jackson, Jerry Owens, Damian Hoskins, Reggie Duskins and Julian Rodgers. The breakout groups addressed career goals and work readiness, and presenters shared the stories of how they navigated through the educational environment, beating odds to move forward in their careers and ultimately lead productive lives.