The fall series of Manhood University, a six-week City of Memphis program created to inspire men to build up their communities, find jobs and create stronger relationships, will begin Oct. 7.

“This program cultivates men by engaging, encouraging and empowering them to become more productive citizens,” said Mayor Jim Strickland. “Manhood University works to connect the community, churches, corporate partners and government to build a program that aids in empowering men.”

During Manhood University, participants will develop goal setting, time management, financial literacy, conflict resolution, job readiness and communication skills. Classes will be held on Saturdays for six weeks.

“We have to find something to do for these men. We have to give them hope, faith, love and instructions,” said Apostle Ricky Floyd of the Pursuit of God Transformation Center. “We have to stop condemning and criticizing what we never corrected. Thanks to Mayor Jim Strickland, the faith-based community is committed to providing the necessary criteria to aid Manhood University participants in today’s society.”

Said Ken Moody, Mayor Strickland’s special assistant for community affairs: “We know when there is a strong man in the house, when there is a strong man in the community, there’s more stability. To see the lack of opportunities provided for men in the Greater Memphis area did something to me. When I first talked to the mayor about this program, we agreed it’s programs like this that changes lives.”


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