By Shawn Washington and Latasha Williams, Sports Writers
The Young Kings Clubs male mentoring program began fall of 2009 out of a desire to help provide structure, direction, guidance and mentoring to males in grades 9 through 12.
The program originated from the vision of Mrs. Charity Ntiasagwe, an English Teacher at Keenan.
Since the initial induction ceremony, the Young Kings Club has seen much growth and support. In the spring of 2010 the program partnered with the Dream Leadership Academy and Iota Phi Theta of University of South Carolina and Benedict College to bring a stronger sense of male presence in the program. Since the partnership, the Young Kings Club’s membership enrollment has grown from 15 mentees to over 32 mentees and over 20 mentors. On November 17, 2011, 19 new members were inducted into the club.
The Young Kings Club is much like The Brotherhood of South Carolina. Every young man in the club has a big brother to follow after.
“It is set up for the new leaders in this new society,” Ntiasagwe said.
The meaning of the Young Kings Club is to put the young men of Keenan in a better place and help them achieve their goals in life. The club was started for 9th graders, but over the years there have been more 11th graders.
“It helps me to become a better man,” Sophomore Matthew Walker said.
It’s a group to help and promote black men to the next stage in life. This will be Walker’s 2nd year, and he loves to be a brother to someone older than him. He thinks there should be more black men to gain leadership.
“It shows you how to be a man and have leadership skill,” Junior Daetron Hyman said.