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Utopian Academy Scholars Participate in Steve Harvey Mentoring Program

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Ten scholars from Utopian Academy for the Arts joined more than 200 young men from across the nation at the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program National Camp experience this month.
The 10th annual National Camp event, which was held from June 14-18 in The Rock, GA challenged middle and high school males age 13-18 growing up in homes without fathers to gain the confidence to succeed and be role models in their communities.
Utopian Academy students served as student counselors for the event and camp participants.
Scholar Eric Mai, who attended the camp two years in a row, said he was honored to be selected as a peer leader.
“I was a junior counselor,” said Mai, who is now a rising freshmen at Cristo Rey in Atlanta. “I helped out around camp and behind the scenes with the mentees. Last summer, I was one of the mentees.”
Through sessions led by Steve Harvey and a variety of male mentors, including celebrity guests, campers learned the coping skills to navigate adolescent issues, build life skills, focus on their education, and empower their futures. Harvey and his guests shared the principles of manhood, dream building, and more to help young men begin to realize their dreams.
Mentoring sessions also included physical activity. Members of the U.S. Army started the day
with 5 a.m. physical training to get the young men moving and eager to learn. In a session about dressing for success and thinking positively about the future, campers received free ties from Design Your Tie.
“I have worked very closely with The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program since it was founded in 2009,” said Dr. Artesius Miller, founder of Utopian Academy. “I was instrumental in helping to organize and lead the outreach as a friend and employee of Steve Harvey. I am honored that our scholars at Utopian Academy have been invited to participate in the camp as both leaders and mentees for four years in a row.”
Utopian Academy scholars say they enjoy interacting with Harvey at the camp.
“Steve Harvey is a very charismatic man who is fun to be around,” Mai said. “He teaches you about focusing on the future. You learn so much at the camp about yourself. I’ve met people from across the country, including California, New York, Illinois and Washington D.C.”
Since 2009, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men has reached and impacted over 1,500 young men. It also provides services for their families. The mothers of the mentees attend a concurrent Parent Program, which offers seminars on family communication and teen issues, health and wellness activities, financial literacy, and applying to college.
“I have always tried to use my platform to serve my community,” Steve Harvey said in a statement about the National Camp. “I am indebted to the panel of role models donating their time and our sponsors that have allowed us to host this camp experience for seven years now. Seeing our mentees grow into fine and respectable young men, with many returning to camp to volunteer makes it all worth it.”
The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program is supported by Choice Hotels, which is its largest donor and partner. In addition to providing complimentary hotel stays at nearby Choice Hotels locations for the mothers of participants, Harvey Foundation staff and volunteers, Choice Hotels has contributed more than $250 million to the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation in less than two years.
The annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men National Camp, and the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation also receive support from the U.S. Army, State Farm, Ford, AT&T through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature education initiative focused on school success and career readiness, and Walgreen’s.
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