Saturday, April 21, 2018

“Gentlemen Making a Change”: Mentoring helps African American boys succeed - Jane Bloodworth Rowe's story on Young Leader CJ


Green Run High School senior C.J. Morris faced some special challenges growing up. His father was incarcerated twice before C.J. was in middle school, and he worked an after-school job to supplement the family income.
As one of only two African American boys in his classes who was in the gifted program at Windsor Oaks Elementary School, also had some special qualities.
These qualities, including academic talent and the determination to succeed, helped him to attract the attention of adult mentors.
Now 17, C.J. is looking forward to August, when he’ll enter Virginia Commonwealth University with the goal of eventually attending medical school and becoming an anesthesiologist.
C.J.’s involvement in Golden Fold, a community-based youth mentoring program sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, helped him realize his first goal, that of being accepted into college.
“Before I was in Golden Fold, the only male role model I had was my grandfather,” said C.J., who grew up with his older brother, Larquan Riddick, in a household headed by their mother, Tiniki Riddick.
The grandfather, Bobby Lee Riddick, died when C.J. was in middle school; but C.J. also bonded to male adults in his church, Tabernacle Church of God and Christ, as well as to the mentors in Golden Fold, which he joined in the sixth grade.
(Photo - CJ's mother Tiniki Riddick, CJ, & Baldwin-Akin Varner in Green Run High School.)
C.J. became involved in Golden Fold through his friend Baldwin Varner, the son of Golden Fold Director Seko Varner and the only other African American boy in C.J.’s elementary school classes who was in the honors program.
(Photo of CJ (left front) & Baldwin-Akin Varner (Right front) in 2012 with The Golden Fold & SAAB members)
“C.J. is special because when I went to Windsor Oaks for their programs, there were very few children of color in these programs,” Varner said. “Then to have two in the same room was really special.”
When C.J. entered Green Run High, he also joined “Gentlemen Making a Change,” a support and mentoring group for Green Run students formerly directed by Varner, who was a former counselor at that school. GMAC is now directed by Golden Fold mentor and Green Run High School teacher Larry Reaves-Bey.
(Photo - Members of GMAC & The Golden Fold going to a conference)
“Mr. Varner changed my life,” C.J. said. “Golden Fold established a sense of being able to believe in yourself and who you are.”
The career and college counseling that C.J. received also helped him to choose a college and major.
(Photo - CJ and members of The Fold at Green Run for a Golden Fold special event in 2018)
“I like math and science, and I like helping people,” C.J. said. “The best way to incorporate math and science with helping people is to go into the medical field.”
C.J. is also involved in Impact Virginia Beach, a youth program within the Virginia Beach NAACP. He works part-time at Chick-Fil-A, and said it’s sometimes tough to balance school and work.
(Photo - Members of the NAACP's Impact Virginia Beach at a recent banquet)
“I’m vey proud of him,” said Tiniki Riddick. “He was the only young black man in his school to win the presidential award,” an award given to fifth-graders for academic excellence.
“Earning that pin made me want to keep moving forward,” C.J. said. “What I’ve learned from my challenges is that it’s not where you start, but where you finish.”
(Photo - CJ provides an STD training for The Golden Fold in 2017)
Va. Pilot article by By Jane Bloodworth Rowe:
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/article_b904a7dc-3a94-11e8-b6bf-873218aca18a.html 

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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com or call 757-932-0177. The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Friday, April 20, 2018

We are now the Award Winning The Golden Fold

Our award winning program recently won the distinctions of Third District Omegas Father of the year and Mentor program of the year. Here's the photos.
 Gamma Xi member Terry Calhoun accepts the YAP program of the year 2018 award.
Father of the year 2018 for the 3rd district. Bridgebuilder (volunteer) Larry Reaves-Bey helps lead The Golden Fold and also Green Run's GMAC mentorship program.

 Here are our Young Leaders with speakers from the Building Your Inner Hero event.

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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com or call 757-932-0177. The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

05 22 2018 A Stronger Village (Single Moms, Returning Dads, Future Dads)

Join GMAC-The Golden Fold on Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:30 pm in the library of Green Run High School for the fourth in our Carter G. Leadership Lecture Series. This edition, A Stronger Village, features experts who share lessons and strategies for Single Mothers who are raising sons, Fathers returning to their children, and lessons for Far-in-the-Future Fathers).



This event is FREE and open to the public with a target of Single Mothers, Fathers returning to involvement with their children, and 6th - 12th-grade young men and their families. Sponsored by Green Run High's mentorship program GMAC (Gentlemen Making A Change), The Golden Fold Mentors from Omega Psi Phi, National Call Dad inc., Fathers In Training (F.I.T.) of Virginia Beach Social Services, and the Hampton Roads Council of 200+ Men. For more information on this event contact TheGoldenFoldMovement@gmail.com .
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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com . The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Friday, April 6, 2018

04-24-2018 Mentored by Millionaires

     Join GMAC-The Golden Fold on Tuesday 4/24/18 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium of Green Run High School for the third in our Carter G. Leadership Lecture Series. This edition, Mentored by Millionaires, features local millionaires who share lessons-learned and stories of struggles and success.
     This event is FREE and open to the public with a target of 6th - 12th grade young men and thier families. During the event the members of the 200+ Men bestow the Walker Award to local entrepreneur Blair Durham, co-founder of BLACKbrand, Hampton Roads Black Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by Green Run High's mentorship program GMAC (Gentlemen Making A Change), The Golden Fold Mentors from Omega Psi Phi, and the Hampton Roads Council of 200+ Men. For more information on this event contact TheGoldenFoldMovement@gmail.com or call Seko Varner by calling 757-932-0177.


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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com or call brother Fred Foard 757-355-3280. The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

3/27/2018 - Building Your Inner Hero - A Male Youth Leadership Event


Building Your Inner Hero is our second event in the series. This event features Sgt. Shawn Bartz whose heroic actions in difficult situations have earned him great respect in our countries military, the highly motivational Sgt. Will Gervin from Virginia Beach Police Department, and Luciano Ramos's story of overcoming poverty and dysfunction to later lead academic excellence and community change. 3/27/2017 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium of Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. Open to the public.

For more information on this series email theGoldenFoldMovement@gmail.com 
All of the events in our Carter G. Leadership Lecture series are FREE and open to the entire public. All events occur at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. These events are designed to help BUILD leadership in Hampton Roads' males in the 6th - 12th grades. Our events are produced by Green Run's GMAC program, the Golden Fold Mentorship Program of the Virginia Beach chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Virginia Beach City Schools office of Opportunity and Achievement, and the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men.




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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com or call 757-932-0177. The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Our 2018 Carter G. Leadership Lecture Series

All of the events in our Carter G. Leadership Lecture series are FREE and open to the entire public. All events occur at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach. These events are designed to help BUILD leadership in Hampton Roads' males in the 6th - 12th grades. Our events are produced by Green Run's GMAC program, the Golden Fold Mentorship Program of the Virginia Beach chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Virginia Beach City Schools office of Opportunity and Achievement, and the Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men.

Our February event entitled Lessons from history, which connects with Black History Month, hosts three captivating speakers who will illustrate lessons learned from their personal lives and the history that has impacted their lives. Our speakers include Panama born Robert Jamison who discusses struggles experienced in his country, life in America, and his personal struggles to achieve success. Robert's message is followed by Rev. Fred Showers, whose life was impacted by America's Civil Right Struggle and a calling to serve people. Our final speaker is Dr. Maurice Carter from Longwood University's Call Me Mister program which helps minority males to become educational leaders.

For more iformation on this series contact Seko Varner 757-932-0177 or email theGoldenFoldMovement@gmail.com

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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com or call Fred Foard by calling 757-355-3280. The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Scenes from the 11 14 2017 Session with the #ARMY National Guard (GMAC The Golden Fold)





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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com . The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Scenes from the 11 28 2017 Session with the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta (GMAC The Golden Fold)

In this session the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta assisted GMAC The Golden Fold to create vision boards that would illustrate their future career, future life, values, and relationships.















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GMAC The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com . The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

GMAC The Golden Fold at Norfolk State's Homecoming 2017




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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com . The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Scenes from The Golden Fold participating at the Angel Babyzzzz Walk (Supporting families impacted by a Stillborn birth) Sunday 10-15-2017

 (Above) The participating Young Leaders and their parents.
(Above) The participating parents.
(Above) The participating Young Leaders and mentors.
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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com . The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.

Call Me Mister 2017 & 2016 @ #LongwoodUniversity

(Left to Right) Young Leaders Morris (Green Run High), Varner (Landstown High), and Savage (Green Run High) have participated in Longwood University's FREE Call Me Mister Summer Leadership Academy in 2016 & 2017 (http://www.longwood.edu/callmemister). They stayed on Longwood's campus, attended leadership sessions, attended campus events, and escaped their parents for a while. Here are some of their photos from 2016.

The mission of the Call Me MISTER (Men Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) National Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background, particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools.
PHOTOS FROM 2017 CALL ME MISTER
Dr. Maurice Carter with Golden Fold Young Leader Morris (Green Run High School).
 The Golden Fold members along with their peers from across Virginia.
Young LeadersVarner (Landstown High), Morris (Green Run High),  & Savage (Green Run High)

PHOTOS FROM 2016
Young Leaders Morris (Green Run High), Varner (Landstown High), & Savage (Green Run High


















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The Golden Fold Mentor Movement serves 6th - 12th grade youth by providing seminar based Big-Brother-type activities in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Contact: thegoldenfoldmovement @ gmail (dot) com or call 757-932-0177. The Golden Fold is a "Brothers and Others" Community Improvement activity of the Gamma Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi and the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.