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President Obama Takes Over The Yard At North Carolina A&T To Talk Mentorship

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President Obama stepped on the yard Tuesday at North Carolina A&T.  He had some mentorship business to disscuss with the students.  Get it all inside...

For those who criticize the President for "not doing anything for the black community," here's case in point why you may want to rethink that.  His My Brother's Keeper program is specifically for young men of color to create a bond with fellow men of color at an early age to help mold them into stand up men in society.  The Prez has appointed several stand-up celeb men to partake in being in a mentor to young mentees, some of which may not have a father figure in their lives.  He's been encouraging men all over the country to sign up to pledge to be a mentor. And he hasn't stopped there.  HBCUs are next on his list.

He talked up the program at A&T on Tuesday, making the case for the bright and ambitious college-aged men to join in the task of mentoring others.  He said during an on-campus town hall with Stan Verrett that aired Tuesday on ESPN's Undefeated:

"For so many of our boys, because half of them don't have dads in the house and moms are doing heroic work but they're working and trying to keep up with everything - to have some adult that's taking interest in them, to have somebody who's showing them here's an alternative, here's a pathway, here's an opportunity that you can seize and you are worth something and you're important and you're a leader - it doesn't take a lot to transform the lives of young men."

Obama talked even about the importance of mentorship, race and opportunity throughout the townhall.

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A&T alum Terrence J was on campus to get the students on 100 before the President's arrival:

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Live hit on SportsCenter with @iamterrencej to talk about #UndefeatedConvo at #NCAT

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Fab times.

 

BONUS:

 

Back in 2008, President Obama campaigned on a platform of hope and optimism about the future, and that’s what WIRED believes too: that the future will be improved by inclusion and invention, by the unfettered flow of information and ideas, and by civil discourse, scientific discovery, and technological innovation. In short, his belief and ours is that that the future will be improved by chasing new frontiers. And that leads to the theme of this issue. Frontiers. Personal frontiers, national frontiers, international frontiers— pushing to overcome humanity’s biggest challenges in health, climate change, artificial intelligence, and more. As our guest editor, President Obama reminded us: His job (and ours, humbly) is to keep chasing those frontiers, and in doing so, leave the world in better shape than we arrived. Read more by following the link in our bio. (Christopher Anderson | @christopherandersonphoto) #WIREDxPOTUS #WIREDFrontiers #WIRED2411 #WIREDCovers

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Pres. Barack Obama, who's covering and guest editing the new issue of Wired magazine, announced we're sending folks to Mars in the 2030's!  You down?

 

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