May 23, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MECKLENBURG COUNTY’S FIGHTING BACK CHALLENGES US TO BECOME MENTORS TO STRUGGLING YOUTH WITH “REAL MEN TALKING”
Charlotte, NC – It has been estimated that there currently is a shortage of more than 6,000 adult mentors in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community to meet the needs of our at-risk youth. May is Mental Health Month, and, in an effort to begin a community dialogue about the complex challenges facing our youth and to encourage adults to become mentors, Mecklenburg County Area Mental Health Authority’s Fighting Back is partnering with other community organizations to support the powerful, nationally-acclaimed multi-media production of “Real Men Talking,” debuting in Charlotte on Friday, May 30, at the McGlohan Theatre at 8 pm.
“Real Men Talking” will explore what it means to be a “real man” by spotlighting five different male characters in different stages of manhood discussing relationships, education, responsibilities, and fatherhood. At the end of the performance, community members will participate in a facilitated discussion about the need for positive role models. Afterward, local organizations, including Fighting Back, will promote opportunities and resources to connect mentors with youth in the community. Youth and adults are invited to attend this event. While tickets are $29.50 for the general public, Fighting Back is offering 50 sponsorships for youth.
Co-writer and producer of “Real Men Talking” Marlon Smith says the purpose of the event is “to empower and engage the community to come together, to work together and to help young people avoid the pitfalls of gangs, apathy, drugs and dropping out. This is just the launch of a movement.”
Fighting Back is a prevention program that recognizes the importance of involving young people in community development, teaching them skills that will position them to be tomorrow’s leaders. The Fighting Back mission is to partner with Mecklenburg County communities including neighborhoods, schools, agencies, businesses and faith-based groups in the development and implementation of strategies to prevent, reduce or eliminate underage drinking and substance abuse.
Please contact Fighting Back for more information about sponsorship tickets: 704-336-4634.
To learn more about “Real Men Talking,” visit:
For mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability information, call MeckLINK at 704-336-6404 or visit mecklink.charmeck.org.