BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP
On Father’s Day weekend, I had the opportunity to visit The Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, GA, founded by the late S. Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A.
The 10th Annual Camp kicked off on Thursday when over 200 fatherless teens arrived from as far as California and as close as right here in Atlanta. This four-day camp is the largest youth mentoring program offered by The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation.
While the boys settled into camp, Steve Harvey gathered the single mothers for dinner to speak to them about what will happen over the weekend as well as advice on how to raise boys without fathers an encouraging them.
The Mentoring Camp are interactive programs that include workshops that focus on manhood, personal responsibility, dream building and the importance of nutrition & physical fitness. They are also introduced to positive role models who are leaders in business, their communities, entertainment and the military.
The boys participated in a variety of activities while at the Ranch, including fishing and zip lining. Some of the teens had never experienced a camp like this, and had never been fishing or participated in any other the activities.
During the camp, the mothers participated in The Single Mother’s Enrichment Summit sponsored by Ashley Stewart and hosted by Editor-at-Large of Essence Magazine, Mikki Taylor. This summit offered mothers discussions and educational sessions on family, wellness, finances, college, homeownership, and the keys to raising productive young men.
Special guests during the camp and the summit included Grammy-Award winning singer and producer Anthony Hamilton, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Cynthia Bailey, Kristina “Zane” Robert and more.
Sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, Google, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Luster Products, Neiman Marcus, Fremantle Media, Mercedes Benz, Choice Hotels, US Fish & Wildlife, Peachtree Tents, and Global Sales.
If you have a fatherless teen or know of a teen that could benefit from this, I suggest you fill out an application to attend in 2019. It is a life changing experience of these young men, and most of them have come back to give back to the next generation.