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Young Black Men: Rep. Frederica Wilson Rolls Out Role Models

Young Black Men: Rep. Frederica Wilson Rolls Out Role Models

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson Presents the 5000 Role Models Graduating Class of 2015 at “Academic Signing Day. 

Today, Rep. Frederica Wilson is hosting a “Academic Signing Day” for young men in her 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, which was founded by Wilson in 1992.  

Eighty-four graduating seniors will sign scholarships to the college of their choice. The event will also mark the unveiling of a newly-designed signature tie commemorating the group and custom-made suits donated by the Sean John Collection, a company owned by music mogul Sean Combs.

“In 1992, when I founded the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, I wanted to give hope, encouragement and the will to succeed to boys and young men of color who were at risk of dropping out of school.  A quarter of a century later, the 5000 Role Models has given out more than ten million dollars in scholarships and has been transformative in the lives of thousands of young  boys who might not otherwise have had an opportunity to attend college,” said Rep. Wilson in a statement today 

“The young men who make up this year’s 5000 Role Models’ graduating class and who are receiving scholarships weren’t even born when the Role Models was conceptualized and founded. This is the true example of preparing for generations of children yet unborn,” Wilson added.