A Day on the Yard: HBCU Appreciation Day
While Historically Black Colleges and Universities have provided African American students with a platform to explore their collective identities and cultures, we take time to celebrate and educate our community on their importance. Through live performances, public speakers, and informational tables from institutions across North Carolina, we showcase the reasoning behind the prideful depth that each student is naturally instilled with.
We provide the opportunity for all brothers, little and big, to interact with local citizens and career-experienced college students represented as professional employers. Evaluations are given on their communication skills, presentation of personal brand, and their ability to thoroughly articulate who they are to employers. This event serves as a stepping stone for men to become the leaders that they envision themselves to be in any career field.
Women’s Charm School
Communication is a critical aspect of respect, especially when pertaining to our female counterparts. The Women’s Charm School allows each male student to have one on one interactions with collegiate women to gain a holistic understanding of approaching, interacting, and speaking in a courteous manner.
Professional Development Week
The Village emphasizes the importance of professionalism as the world we live in diversifies and consistently evolves. Our workshops that span across an entire week focus on all aspects of professionalism which ultimately allows each brother to stand out amongst the average employee or volunteer.
Annual Wendy Brooks Mother-Son Dance
As a sincere gesture of appreciation to mothers across the world, this event is dedicated to the late Wendy Brooks, mother of Big Brother Bradford Brooks, who passed during The Village’ first year of operation. Providing each student and their guest of honor with an evening of fun, food, and music while showcasing the importance of parent inclusion through the young males’ transition from youth to manhood in a heartfelt environment.
As the sixth leading cause of death within the United States, African Americans are twice as likely to acquire Alzheimer's. As we partner with other organizations to raise money and awareness, we emphasize the importance of knowing what Alzheimer's is and how we can help fight to find a cure.
As we continuously expand the pallet of our young men's experiences, we understand that exposing them to different avenues of life will only strengthen their confidence for them to tackle the impossible. Providing education through guided tours of local schools and historical landmarks, like NC A&T State University, provide a solid example of how obtainable goals can be.
T-Shirts for Tots
T-Shirts for Tots is a way we give back to those who may be underprivileged or less fortunate during the holiday season. The Village along with other organizations come together to design shirts with inspirational messages and artistic expressions for ill youth to encourage them and remind them of the priceless value they are to our world.