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Maleness to Manhood

Maleness to Manhood

Local Businessmen Reach Out to Young Men at 2014 Career & College Day

Career address provided by Dr. Isaac Butler.

Keynote Speaker Mark Russell.

Career panel speakers, along with Mr. Mathews and Randy Karraker.

2014 Scholarship Winners and Presentors.



Friday the 13th of June was a lucky day for young men as local businessmen reached out to them to instill college, career, cultural and moral development at the Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club's "Maleness to Manhood Workshop Series 2014." Club alumnus and Memphis Commercial Appeal Managing Editor Mark Russell provided the keynote address at the event held in conjunction with the Summer Day Camp in the Club's Richard B. Loynd Gymnasium.

ESPN Radio's Randy Karraker leads the panel discussion and Q&A with a distinguished cadre of speakers:

  • "Careers in Technology" — Jim Brasunas, director, Information Technology Entrepreneur Network (ITEN)
  • "Education: An A+ Career" — Dr. Grayling Tobias, superintendent, Hazelwood School District
  • "The Art of a Successful Career" — Ron Himes, founder/producing director, St. Louis Black Repertory Company
  • "Moral Development" — The Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, pastor, Christian Embassy Church
  • "Careers in Energy" — Mark Schlake, community relations associate, Ameren Missouri

Fifty local businessmen served as career day partners for 50 junior-high and high-school-aged young men. They 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 kicked of the business card exchange between the students and mentors.

"The mentors who are sharing their time embody our 'We the People' concept," said President, CEO & Co-Founder Martin Luther Mathews. "It's not about 'I, you or they.' It's all about 'we' — working together as a team to achieve common goals!"

On June 14 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott, Mathews and Karraker bestowed eight $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors who've demonstrated scholastic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service: Bryant Bell, Jordan Brown, Demetrius Harper, John Miller, Christopher Morton, Shawn Singleton, II, Rodney Whitney and Quashaun Wilkins. The career address was provided by Club alumnus and Express Scripts Senior Director of Retail Pharmacy Strategy Dr. Isaac Butler.

Donors are Ameren Missouri, Dr. Walter Ballinger Memorial, The Catherine Manley Gaylord Foundation, Centene/Home State Health Plan, Ernst & Young LLP, John Louis & Sophia Brown, Grice Group Architects, , Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Robert Trice Leadership, St. Louis Children's Hospital, Dr. Walter & Mrs. Ruth Washington Memorial, Walgreens and the Weiss Family Scholarship Fund. In kind donors include QuikTrip, Clayco, Coca-Cola, the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel.

Mathews-Dickey is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) United Way member agency, which provides cultural arts & health, education enrichment, sports & recreation and summer day camp programs for more than 40,000 young men and women annually. For information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228 or Ty Howard at (314) 382-5952, ext. 232.