Participants in the Changing Lanes Mentoring Program at Alabama A&M University were given several steps for success by a key local business advocate. PHOTOS.
During the project’s recent annual meet and greet, Jerry Mitchell, executive director of the North Alabama African American Chamber of Commerce (NAAACC), told an audience assembled in the campus’ VIP Room that he was excited about the AAMU mentoring program. The program, he added, provided yet another tool through which NAAACC could encourage bright students to remain in Alabama following the conclusion of their studies.
As he delivered his message, Mitchell credited noted sociologist Morris Massey’s message on the impact of “significant emotional events.” In order to work toward a life of fulfillment, Mitchell said each student must first conduct a self-assessment.
“Don’t waste too much time being concerned about what you can’t do,” urged the NAAACC administrator. “You must move beyond that and focus instead on how to enhance your strengths.”
In addition to reading substantially to increase a sense of awareness, Mitchell encouraged the students to establish meaningful and positive support not comprised solely of ‘yes’ people.
“Build social and cultural capital,” stressed Mitchell. “Also, get involved with the surrounding community. This will enable you to sharpen your communication skills and to think on your feet.”
Mitchell said each prospective graduate must help create “a culture of success” in that character is revealed by the strength of convictions and promises kept.
- Jerome Saintjones