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Maleness to Manhood

Maleness to Manhood

Local Businessmen Reached Out to Young Men at Mathews-Dickey College Fair and Career Day

Career presentation provided by Tony Scott.


Keynote Speaker Chris Robinson.

2015 career panel speakers, along with Mr. Mathews and Randy Karraker.



Businessmen were invited to share their time and advice as mentors for teenage boys at the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club’s 16th Annual “Maleness to Manhood Workshop Series” College Fair and Career Day from 9 a.m. to noon, Friday June 12, Club’s Richard B. Loynd Gymnasium, located at 4245 N. Kingshighway Blvd.  The series gives young men an opportunity to receive college, career, cultural and moral development advice from local businessmen.

Radio personality Tony Scott of Old School 95.5 FM provided the keynote address and Jaylen Bledsoe, CEO of the Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group presented the welcomes. ESPN Radio’s Randy Karraker led a panel discussion and Q&A with a distinguished cadre of speakers:

  • “The Scientific Path” — Dr. Bobby Trawick, director chemistry, Mallinckrodt
  • “Building a Successful Career” — Charles Brown, Managing Director, Atelier3Design LLC
  • “Investing In A Successful Career” — Jeremiah Dellas, Investment Director, Wealth Management Advisor, Fifth Third Securites
  • “Moral Development” — Rev. Robert Griffin, pastor, Christian Embassy Church
  • “The Power of Brand” — Taylor Mason, director, business development & marketing, David Mason & Associates

Local businessmen were invited to serve as career day partners for junior-high and high-school-aged young men. At 11 a.m., these mentors helped guide the young people through the college fair booths and took part in an exchange about careers and higher education over chips, an ice-cold Coca-Cola and hot dog barbecued by the St. Louis Fire Department. St. Louis Children’s Hospital Community Relations Manager Kel Ward led the business card exchange between the students and mentors.

Karraker bestowed ten $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors who’ve demonstrated scholastic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service at the Scholarship Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 13 at in The Spirit of St. Louis Room the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel, 10700 Pear Tree Ln. in St. Louis.
Scholarship donors included Ameren Missouri, Dr. Walter Ballinger Memorial, Ernst & Young LLP, Grice Group Architects, Martz & Wilson LLP, Robert Trice Leadership, Dr. Walter & Mrs. Ruth Washington Memorial, Weiss Family Scholarship Fund and the Suburban Journals Old Newsboys Day Fund. In kind donors included QuikTrip, Clayco, Coca-Cola, the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel.

Mathews-Dickey is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) United Way member agency, which provides cultural arts and health, education enrichment, sports and recreation, and summer day camp programs for more than 40,000 young men and women annually. Each mentor on Friday is asked to donate $100 to offset programming expenses and support scholarships. For information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228, or Ty Howard at (314) 382-5952, ext. 232.


2015 Scholarship Winners and Presentors.