“The idea is to get to them early, and we’re doing that now with students at Manchester Academic Charter School,” said Reid. “The mentoring and guidance is a unique motivational and inspirational feature of the program. The theme is ‘Today’s Mentors for Tomorrow’s Workforce.’”

This year’s banquet, held at Point Park’s Lawrence Hall Ballroom, celebrated the success of  the students and thanked mentors, some of whom included Christian Management Enterprises President and CEO Howard Slaughter, Familylinks CEO Fred Massey, and PNC Vice Presidents Lynwood Mitchell and Eric Dickerson.

Reid said he was pleased with the program’s growth from its first year and is working on companion mentor-based programs in technology, communications and performing arts.

“It’s about having role models that look like they do,” he said. “These are top professionals—Terry Collier is a CPA and has his own company, Anthony Henry is a lawyer and VP at BYN Mellon. No one has to tell them what it feels like to be ‘the only one’ and they can pass that insight on to the students.”

As for the banquet itself, Reid said it was well attended, and that Point Park should be commneded for all its support.

“Paulo gave an outstanding speech, Harold was excellent and all the kids received awards. So now, we’re gearing up to start again in September,” he said. “There are only three kinds of people: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen, and those who say, ‘what happened?’ BOLD makes things happen.”

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