Men of Distinction

Vol. 3, Ed. 10, 9.25.2018

Mr. Owens believes...

"As a nation, we are in need of educating EVERY child to their highest potential. We need to offer an avenue of hope and accomplishment to help children reach their goals. Mentorship has always been a part of my life and I hope that I will be able to leave a legacy of building up children so they won't become broken men. May our children leave us and go out into the world and make it a better place." ~ Mr. Melvin J. Owens
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September 2018 Lunch and Learn

What an awesome time breaking bread and having meaningful discussions. Thank you Mr. Jim Mustain for speaking on Goal Setting. MODs were able formulate a plan of action with their mentors on how to reach and achieve their goals. I heard good discussions involving risk taking and why some people don't reach their goals. It is always a good thing to learn from other people's stories. MODs were able to set two goals in the coming school year, one academic and one personal goal they would like to achieve.

MOD Kickoff at Durham Middle School!

Men of Distinction has expanded this year to include Durham MS, with the help of the Loving Community and Mr. Jim Mustain. I am so thankful to Mr. Gary Holt and Ms. Stephanie Hall to welcome the program and help get it launched on their campus. Mr. Dan Smith, a Durham MS instructor, is leading the program and he is also a former pitcher for the Texas Rangers.

The community mentors and the Durham MODs met and got to know one another. This was an opportunity to learn expectations and norms of the program. MODs were able to ask questions and get feedback from Mr. Smith and their mentors. This group will follow a similar schedule of MOD Harmon and MOD LHS Main. I'm so excited about the expansion of this wonderful program.

Yesterday, Sept. 28th, Durham had their first Lunch and Learn. The topic covered this week was Goal Setting.

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2018 - 2019 Lunch and Learn Meetings

September 12, 2018

October 17, 2018

November 14, 2018

December 12, 2018

January 9, 2019

February 13, 2019

March 20, 2019

April 17, 2019

May 15, 2019

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MOD kickoff at LHS Main!

I'm so excited to announce the start of Men of Distinction at Lewisville HS - Main campus. The young men who started the program in 2016 are getting the opportunity to continue to learn and grew with their mentors at the next campus. Mr. Jeffery Kajs thank you so much for allowing MOD to be present on your campus. A big thank you to Mr. Lanele Lindsey, AP at Main, and Mr. Marvin Kelly, LHS instructor, for leading the program at their campus. Mr. Jim Mustain and the Loving Community has been instrumental in helping train mentors and offer overall support for the program. The topic of discussion was Goal Setting. It is going to be a great year for Men of Distinction!

Monthly Group Topics

August - Dress for Success

September - Goal Setting

October - College and Career Planning

November - Compassion

December - Dealing with feelings

January - Table Etiquette

February - Affirmation

March - Financial Peace

April - My Story

May - Reflection

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Men of Distinction with their mentors...

The MOD's had a great time eating lunch with their mentors and sharing stories. It was fun to go around the hear them bonding and getting some much needed insight. I'm so thankful for the community mentors who offer their time and expertise to these young men.