By Yalonda Wright
Dallas Recruiting Battalion
March 27, 2017
DALLAS - Dallas Recruiting Battalion Soldiers mentored more than 100 boys and young men at the annual Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp at the Harvey Ranch here in February.
The workshop consisted of a full schedule of group activities, lessons and conversations presented by recruiters, ROTC cadets and Army Reserve Soldiers.
The Soldiers worked with the 15- to 18-year old attendees, all from single-mother homes, on leadership development and team building.
Mentors guided the students through a series of vignettes that addressed challenging peer situations and possible solutions, and identified opportunities to demonstrate leadership and decision-making skills.
The Soldiers, male community leaders and entertainers challenged attendees to rethink misguided ideals about manhood.
"Life is a journey that requires dedication and diligence," said Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax during opening remarks. "Be it by choice or challenge, have the courage to stand up and be yourself."
Col. Terence Huston, 5th Recruiting Brigade commander, spoke to attendees and their mothers about teamwork and trust.
"These Soldiers are here to guide you and teach you about teamwork," Huston said. "This means you have to trust their guidance and commit yourself to growth. Discipline and commitment (are) hard work, but it is the foundation of success."
While the teenagers were engaged in group sessions, group leaders taught their mothers how to create and maintain an effective team in the home.
Topics covered included: providing guidance, addressing difficult situations, and contributing to their sons' success.
The weekend concluded with an awards ceremony. One participant, who demonstrated leadership values throughout the weekend, received the Foundation's Future Leader Award.