Young Black Men

Young Black Men, Get Re-Energized This Saturday!

The Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation is hosting a FREE workshop to ReEnergize African-American male high school and college students as 2020 comes to an end. ReCharge, ReBoot will be held virtually on Saturday, December 5. The workshop, sponsored by Discover Financial Services, will offer career, college, financial, health, mental health and relationship management tips for young men navigating the challenges of life. 

“We are thrilled to have the support of Discover on this initiative,” says foundation CEO Tenisha Taylor. Saturday’s workshop is open to high school and college African-American males. To register visit

The workshop features accomplished African-American males who work in health, law, athletics, entrepreneurship, marketing and financial management. Dr. Derek Robinson, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield Illinois; Eric D. Tidwell, Esq., General Counsel for the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr.; DyShaun Muhammad, Global Head of Marketing for Uber Eats; Walter Harris, Retired NFL Player (Chicago Bears); and Derrius Quarles, the Million Dollar Scholar, are all tasked with sharing real life failures, successes and advice.

“Having someone you can relate to, guide you and mentor you is extremely important,” says Julius Alexander III, Head of Emerging Payments for Discover. “It’s imperative for us who’ve climbed the ladder of success to impart knowledge into those who are coming behind us, so they don’t make the same mistakes,” he says. Alexander, a graduate of DeLaSalle High School and Northern Illinois University, is also a guest speaker. As part of its dedication to diversity, and supporting organizations that assist underserved communities, Discover is sponsoring Saturday’s event. 

Tenisha Taylor’s father, Ezekiel Taylor, was killed in Chicago’s ruthless gun violence. The family-run foundation, named in his honor, has awarded dozens of scholarships to young men who’ve also been impacted by the city’s gun violence. The foundation also provides male mentorship and life skill training programs. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the wealth of life experience these Black male mentors can offer.

Photo by Jed Villejo on Unsplash.

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Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of a middle-schooler. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

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