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Micheal Robinson empowers young men through "Man Power" program
Saturday, June 7, 2014 9:18 AM EDT
Sunday, June 8, 2014 11:42 PM EDT
WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Students at Waterloo East High School spent the last several months in Man Power.
Man Power is a program to empower young men to become better men. It's led by paraeducator Micheal Robinson.
"These young men have the opportunity to be successful just through tutelage, and someone who authentically cares about their success," said Robinson.
Man Power meets each Thursday morning for one class period. Robinson said they discuss communication, conflict resolution, self-esteem, and being a leader.
"Responsibility and accountability, those are some of the key components of manhood," said Micheal Robinson.
The students said Robinson is a positive role model in their lives.
"Some of us don't have that father figure at home. This paved the road for us," said Anfernee Jefferson.
Micheal Robinson's motto for Man Power is "know what's right and do it."
It resonates with these young men.
"Some of the things he said like taking care of business before having fun, so I'm going to take that into my future," said James Carter III.
Robinson also takes the students on community service field trips. The students worked on this garden at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo.
Some of the 15 students in Man Power were selected and others volunteered. Robinson said the criteria is a desire to be a positive influence on others, improved grades, and better attendance.
He hopes the program continues next school year at East High.
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