Manhood 101 Boyz Honored with Congressional Award Medals

In a testament to dedication, service, and excellence, three outstanding young men from the Manhood 101 male mentoring program in Prince George’s County, Maryland, recently received the prestigious Congressional Award, the highest honor for youth civilians in the United States. B. Tiwang and E. Ijomah were awarded Silver Medals, while D. Boateng received a Bronze Medal for their remarkable achievements.

The Congressional Award Act, established by the United States Congress in 1979, aims to recognize young people’s initiative, service, and achievement. These students, members of the Manhood 101 (MH101) program, exemplified these qualities through their commitment to voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and expedition.

Under the guidance and support of Manhood 101 and the Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., these young men dedicated significant hours to community service, personal growth, and physical fitness, culminating in a memorable experience on Capitol Hill where they were honored with their medals. Congressman Glenn Ivey of Maryland’s Fourth District presented the medals, marking a proud moment for the 13-year history of MH101.

Each of these young men had to complete a minimum requirement in several categories:

  • Voluntary Public Service: 200 hours
  • Personal Development: 100 hours
  • Physical Fitness: 100 hours
  • Expedition: A challenging 3-day/2-night trip

Their dedication and hard work reflect not only their personal commitment but also the guidance and mentorship provided by MH101, as well as the support from the Congressional Awards Foundation.

Manhood 101, based in Prince George’s County, has been instrumental in providing young men from the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) area with opportunities for personal growth and development. Over its 13-year history, MH101 has helped over 400 males reach their goals, supporting them in becoming college students, business professionals, and valuable contributors to their communities.

Supported by the Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, District Councilman Sydney Harrison, and the Congressional Awards Foundation, MH101 offers a comprehensive program aimed at young men aged 13 and above. Participants must be currently enrolled in middle or high school and commit to attending a minimum of two sessions per month to be eligible for various opportunities, including the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Youth Leadership Conference in Tampa, Fla., and the MH101 Ambassador Conference in Nassau, Bahamas.

This recognition of the achievements of these three young men underscores the importance of mentorship, community involvement, and personal growth in shaping the leaders of tomorrow. As MH101 continues its mission to empower youth, it is clear that the impact of their work extends far beyond individual achievement, enriching communities and inspiring future generations.

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