COMMUNITY SERVICE

Community Service

SOUL TO SOLE

On February 13th Mentees presented gifts to Aflac Cancer Center at the Egleston campus. Grace Morrison, Senior Program Coordinator, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center accepted the gifts. Items presented will be used by Pediatric Cancer Patients.

486       478

RECOGNITION OF LATE MENTEE

A fundraising drive was held and proceeds presented at a Basketball Game to honor Nicolas Bird. Over $1,036 was raised. His Family was presented with an original piece of art in his likeness which was painted by renowned Atlanta Artist, Gerald Ivey.

416     415

To The Dukes Foundation From The President of The United States

menmo

For Immediate Release

 

99 year old Classical Pianist surprised a group of youth that brought her birthday flowers with a stellar performance on her Baby Grand Piano.

Atlanta, GA.  1/22/14 – Classical Pianist and Northwestern University Graduate Ms. Hermione Jackson recently celebrated her 99th birthday with gifts from a surprise group of youth who visited to mark her trailblazing efforts of being the first African-American to have majored in Classical Piano Studies at her University. The Group, Mentees from THE DUKES FOUNDATION  participate in a “give back” program in expressing their gratitude for the help they have received in improving their lives and future and to mark NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH. They are pleased to be (good) examples that Mentoring works in Atlanta.

The Writer & Composer with a CD of 26 of her best songs, Ms. Jackson startled her guests with numerous selections from her vast repertoire on her baby grand piano. She has been playing for over 94 years. Her son, Richard Williams shared Ms. Jackson’s vast accomplishments which included being the Choral Director of Jackson State University in her native State of Mississippi. She enjoys playing her baby grand piano as seen in this link with youth from THE DUKES FOUNDATION http://youtu.be/dpk4Q_qgzEo

Horace Dukes, the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The Dukes Foundation said that “it was a privilege to honor a National Treasure, Ms. Jackson.” He noted that “Ms. Jackson’s grace, poise and outstanding talent leave an indelible mark on the minds of the youth I am mentoring for a brighter future.”

THE DUKES FOUNDATION and team of Volunteers tirelessly work to advance the quality of life in urban communities. The positive impact of The Dukes Foundation’s Mentoring Program includes academic advancement and cultural exposure support. Mentees also perform community service to senior citizens, gifting to children’s hospitals and hosting cancer cure research fundraising drive. National Mentoring Month is celebrated in January.

THE DUKES FOUNDATION (CORPORATION), is an accredited 501 ©(3) Non Profit Service Organization that offers an effective mentoring program on a regular basis through support obtained from Professional, Business and Civic Organizations. Their mentoring program includes; Academic Coaching, Career Development Workshops, Wellness Sessions, Cultural Exposure Tours and Motivational Exercises that have contributed to the transformation of many lives. Bearing the acronym, D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem, DUKES FOUNDATION remain committed to using MENTORING to elevate social conditions and reduce the level of violence committed by teens.

For additional information call Tuqwan Jordan at 404-419-6452, email dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org

Facebook: The Dukes Foundation
Twitter: @dukesfoundation
LinkedIn: Dukes Foundation Corporation
Flickr: thedukesfoundation

For Immediate Release

National Mentoring Month event Speaker underscores the importance of Mentoring Youth to build good character.

Atlanta, GA.  1/22/14 – Accomplished Sportsman, Inspirational Speaker & Author Inky Johnson recently addressed a group of youth to mark National Mentoring Month at a South Atlanta School.

The event’s host THE DUKES FOUNDATION is focused on removing the label “At Risk” from being attached to youth. For over eleven years they have mentored and positively impacted the lives and future of hundreds of youth throughout metro Atlanta. Seventeen of these young men are now excelling in Colleges and Universities nationwide. In addition to mentoring youth their families have also benefitted from assistance provided by THE DUKES FOUNDATION during periods of hardship. This is evidence that Mentoring works in Atlanta.

In his address, the keynote speaker Author and Inspirational Speaker, Inky Johnson reminded his large audience of youth the importance of developing good character. “I’m blessed to have played at the University of Tennessee, it taught me a lot of lessons in life,” Johnson said. “It made me a better man and molded and shaped my character in a lot of different ways I don’t think could have happened without the game of football. That’s what I try to tell people nowadays, that the game of football is a direct correlation to life. Inky Johnson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tennessee. He played college football and has now authored a book. He travels around the region for book signings and delivering guest speeches at various functions.

Inky has commended the work, dedication and commitment of Horace Dukes, the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of The Dukes Foundation. Mr. Dukes is an 11 Alive Community Service Awardee (who received his honor for his dedication to the advancement of youth development. Horace and his team of Volunteers tirelessly work to advance the quality of life in urban communities.

The Dukes Foundation’s Mentoring Program is evidenced-based. Anyone desiring to witness the impact of weekly programs of THE DUKES FOUNDATION may do so on a Tuesday evening during one of the mentoring exercise (by listening to the Mentees present and past.) Additionally, their deportment and articulation speaks volumes of what they have learned and experienced. The Mentees in the Dukes Foundation’s Program have been commended by numerous Atlanta and South Carolina Public Leaders and Churches.

National Mentoring Month is celebrated in January. Over 4.5 million youth are enrolled in mentoring programs. Emerging Organizations with a population of fewer than 200 mentees like THE DUKES FOUNDATION depends solely on the generosity of individuals and a few businesses to fund their programs. This has restricted their ability to cover more areas in Metro Atlanta. The Foundation is encouraging individuals and corporations to lend their support and become Champions of our youth’s future. The cost to sponsor a Mentee per day is a mere $2.33 which is far less than the $271 per day that it cost the State to confine each delinquent juvenile. Donors may contribute easily by visiting the foundation’s website.

THE DUKES FOUNDATION (CORPORATION), is an accredited 501 ©(3) Non Profit Service Organization that offers an effective mentoring program on a regular basis through support obtained from Professional, Business and Civic Organizations. Their mentoring program includes; Academic Coaching, Career Development Workshops, Wellness Sessions, Cultural Exposure Tours and Motivational Exercises that have contributed to the transformation of many lives. Bearing the acronym, D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem, DUKES FOUNDATION remain committed to using MENTORING to elevate social conditions and reduce the level of violence committed by teens. To view our documentary and trailer videos please paste the following links into your computer browser:

For additional information call Tuqwan Jordan at 404-419-6452, email dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org

Facebook: The Dukes Foundation
Twitter: @dukesfoundation
LinkedIn: Dukes Foundation Corporation
Flickr: thedukesfoundation

DUKES FOUNDATION SUPPORT FOR CURE FOR CANCER CONTINUES WITH DINNER TO HONOR YOUNG CANCER PATIENTS

A Dinner for Children with Cancer was hosted by us at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta, Egleston Hospital to honor young Cancer patients, their families and the Hospital staff. The memory of the late Justin Bonner, a young Cancer Patient and former Mentee was also recognized.

The event was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. It began at 6:30 pm and was attended by appreciative Patients, their families, friends and Members of the Hospital Staff on the 3rd floor tower II of the Aflac Cancer Center 1405 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30322. Supporting our Chief Executive Officer Mr. Horace Dukes was supported by Mr. Raglan, Mentoring Site Manager for Atlanta South, Mrs. Brigette Woodard, Director of Culture and Mr. Jerome Bright, a Patron.

Representing Aflac Cancer Center@ Egleston Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta was Ms. Yvette Dennison Campbell, Business Operations Supervisor.

Ms. Saundra Windom, Principal of Crim Open Campus School addressed the dinner and provided a viewing of the academic accomplishments of Justin Bonner in film.

Catering was provided by Aunt Laura’s Restaurant.

newsupdate1    newsupdate2

newsupdate3  newsupdate4

newsupdate5   newsupdate6 newsupdate7   newsupdate8 newsupdate9   newsupdate10

newsupdate11

anniversary

To: Horace Dukes,

Dukes Foundation Corporation

 

Atlanta Leaders saluted for their support of Atlanta’s Youth development at Bucked Gala. Over 200 Business and Civic Leaders marked 10 years of Youth Mentoring Service in Atlanta.

RLM_1022-b   RLM_1034-a

RLM_1041 RLM_1064 RLM_1111-a RLM_1082-a IMG_0020-a

RLM_1026-a

P.O. Box 170028, Atlanta, GA 30317 404-419-6452 www.dukesfoundation.org

mentorMsg

MENTORING…THE KEY TO SUCCESSSS

In a Pew Public/Private Ventures Study of 959 boys and girls with 60% members of a minority group, 60% boys, and 80% from low-income households, 487 were matched with mentors and the remaining 472 were the control group with no mentors.

After 18 months with mentors, an evaluation of these children revealed the boys and girls were:

46 % less likely to use illegal drugs 27% less likely to use alcohol 37% less likely to skip class 53% less likely to skip school 33% less likely to hit someone

A study by Proctor and Gamble of mentoring in Cincinnati schools showed that young people with mentors were more likely to

Stay in school, Attend classes, Be less disruptive when attending class, Get better grades, Go to college

A Ford Foundation study of high school students from families receiving public assistance found that those with mentors were more likely than those without mentors to:

Graduate from high school, Enroll in college, Have fewer children, Have fewer arrests, Live without public assistance, Become involved in community service,
Be hopeful about their future

California Mentor Foundation surveyed 124 mentor programs with 36,251 mentors and 57,659 Mentees. The survey showed that:

98% stayed in school, 85% did not use drugs, 98% Deterred from teen pregnancy, 98% did not join a gang,
Mentoring is vitally needed and does work.

COMING SOON

abright

E-MENTORING, ONLINE TV YOUTH CHANNEL AND INTERACTIVE CAREER PROGRAM

CME CAREER

 

Foundation Supports Student With Scholarship

By Tuqwan Jordan Dated: Jun 02, 2010 An Atlanta based Foundation known for its contribution to students’ increased academic achievement levels is expanding their fight for better education by providing scholarships.

Atlanta, Georgia – 6/2/2010 – The Dukes Foundation, one of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Transformational and Innovative Youth Mentoring Organization is pleased to announce their expansion into providing financial assistance for students throughout southeastern states. An inaugural scholarship award in honor of a Distinguished Community Leader, the late Mrs. Eola Dukes will be presented on June 4,2010 at Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton, South Carolina.

Horace Dukes, Chief Executive Officer of The Dukes Foundation remarked recently; ‘Educators are people who teaches students to create blueprints for their lives. It is up to the individual what they design and build with them’ in his congratulatory message to the Scholarship Awardee. The Scholarships are awarded to students accepted to college and enrolled in the upcoming semester. They are required to follow a course of study to attain a degree in pursuit of a meaningful career and are encouraged to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.4 or equivalent.

Now housed in a modern facility, Scott’s Branch High in Summerton is a preemminent institution responsible for education reform. It was the source of Briggs v. Elliott forerunner of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education. ‘We are excited and certainly appreciative of your Foundation’s interest in our students and also for providing this scholarship.’ Bernard McDaniel, Sr., Principal of Scott’s Branch High School said.

Hakeem Bennett, the Scholarship Awardee has maintained high grades throughout his High School years. He said that J.Paul Getty, David Brinkley and Horace Mann are some of the great people whose quotations that have inspired him. In making his scholarship qualification submission, he repeated his often-told desire to make a meaningful contribution to his community after achieving his academic goals. Mrs. Ida Bouldin and Ms. Debrann Dukes, Co-Chair of Mrs. Eola Dukes Scholarship Fund Management Committee confirmed the Committee’s selection of Hakeem earlier today.

He is also the valedictorian of his senior class at Scott’s Branch High School’s Commencement Ceremony this year. Bennett will be attending South Carolina State University next semester. The honoree of the Scholarship Fund, the late Mrs. Eola Dukes was a Distinguished Community Leader, a Member of the NAACP Manning Branch, the YWCA, Queen of the South Chapter No. 304, O.E.S., and the Clarendon County Voter’s League. She was also very involved in the Church community holding several key positions at the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church. An award winning Representative of The Avon Corporation and a twenty-eight years employee of the Sunbeam Corporation DUKES FOUNDATION (CORPORATION) operates an active Youth Mentoring Services Program with the support of corporate entities and Philanthropic individuals. Utilizing their acronym D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem, the organization is committed to the application of their mentoring program to provide the tools, opportunities, and support to help talented ‘at-risk’ young men dream, achieve, and become healthy, successful adult. The platform was developed on the pillars of possessing good Self-esteem, Moral Character and Cultural Exposure. www.dukesfoundation.org
Contact: Tuqwan Jordan, Director, Public Relations email dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org 404-419-6452

We are a Tranformational, Innovative Youth Mentoring Organization serving the Metropolitan Atlanta Georgia Region. Utilizing their acronym D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and

 

International Footwear Company opens first Southeastern store in Atlanta. Community benefits.

Atlanta, Georgia – 4/15/2010 – European based, Pacific Shoe Corporation’s Mezlan Division, opened its first retail store in the southeastern states last week Thursday at Phipps Plaza, Atlanta. Their first order of business was embracing the Atlanta Community by supporting the work of a Youth Mentoring Organization, The Dukes Foundation. During the opening they lauded the Foundation’s successful programs through space made available for special visual tour presented by Micki Esposito, Atlanta Realtor and Dukes Foundation Management Team Member. Mezlan also donated part proceeds of the sales of the grand opening day to further the programs geared at enhancing academic advancement and cultural exposure of the young male mentees of The Dukes Foundation. Frank McCullough, Jr, Manager of Mezlan’s Atlanta Operations made the presentation to Ian Ash, Advisory Board Member of The Dukes Foundation and Chief Operating Officer of Metropolitan Hospice Corporation.

The Phipps Plaza Boutique reflects a signature style of the sleek men’s shoe and accessories line. In a well-lit and artfully decorated store, Mezlan recorded an encouraging patronage in their first day of operation. Staying true to the elegant image to which Mezlan is associated, the décor includes rich leather seating with touches of exotic skins for a ‘retro meets modern’ appeal. A LCD plasma screen features footage of shoe making, art, architecture, landscape and other Mezlan inspirations. Mezlan’s popularity derives from a spirited pursuit of quality, offering fresh, artistic styling in both its’ classic and ‘edgy’ footwear and accessories lines. The company has a long-established heritage of producing superior, handcrafted and uniquely patterned quality footwear and accessories for over three generations. Bacco Bucci, Mezlan’s contemporary and more casual collection, offers fashionable, comfort footwear. The luxurious craftsmanship and styling used for Mezlan and Bacco Bucci has set a standard in innovation and confidence in the footwear market. Supple leathers from Italy and Spain, genuine exotic skins, and a specially engineered cushioned insole enable Mezlan footwear to offer the most comfort possible for a dress line. Each pair is handcrafted with an age-old Artisan quality, which has yet to be paralleled.

The Mezlan brand continues to bring excitement and innovation to the world of designer men’s footwear and accessories. Entering the local marketplace at this time is a bold move and is viewed by several as an expression of confidence in the resurgence of the economy.

Simon Properties’ local Management Team and The Buckhead Coalition facilitated the opening of this new store. In capturing the spirit of Atlanta’s partying feel, Mezlan hosted the event in the Atrium of Phipps Plaza with specially commissioned Paintings by renowned Artist Gerald Ivey, who presented the Marketing Director of Mezlan with a painting depicting the craftsmanship of Mezlan. The evening’s activities were quite festive with tasteful Musical renditions provided by The Infinity Band. Guests included Garth Peters, Directors of Community Development, Buckhead Coalition, Inc who represented former Mayor Sam Massell, President, Milner Chris Harris & husband, Frederick McCall of Hennessy Jaguar, Daniel Moffat, Charles Ellis, Jr, Director of Tiffany’s Atlanta, Jonathan Parris, Vice President, Wealth Management, Bank of America, Kmau Mason, CEO of The Horus Corporation, Everett Catts, News Editor, Northside Neighbor Newspapers, Randy Fling, Chief Operating Officer, Rolling Out Newspaper, Ormond & Debra Curl of My Shopping Genie, Rodger Stallworth and Anastasia Simon of The Dukes Foundation. Also in attendance were former State Senator Ralph Abernathy, Jr, Edward Oden, Jr, and Executive Director of AA Golf Foundation

Chief Executive Officer of The Dukes Foundation, Horace Dukes was unavoidably absent from the store opening due to the passing of his grandmother in South Carolina however; he expressed his appreciation for the support received from the Mezlan Group. He thanked the Mezlan’s Owner, Antonio Sanchez, Director of Retail & Marketing, Jeffrey Steinhardt and Atlanta Manager Frank McCullough, Jr for their investment in welfare of Atlanta’s youth and community.

The MEZLAN STORE is decidedly contemporary with cues to modern urban culture and a glow from the European fashion world. Mezlan and Bacco Bucci. Bacco Bucci, Mezlan’s brother company offers sportier, contemporary, trend-driven styles. At our boutique you find such an exciting selection of fresh and exclusive footwear styles, jackets, leather goods, hosiery &coordinating belts, all presented by their gracious and knowledgeable staff at Phipps Plaza 3500 Peachtree Rd, suite D-8, Atlanta, GA 30326 (404)-846-2221. www.mezlanshoes.com

DUKES FOUNDATION (CORPORATION) operates an active Youth Mentoring Services Program with the support of corporate entities and Philanthropic individuals. Utilizing their acronym D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem, the organization is committed to the application of their mentoring program to provide the tools, opportunities, and support to help talented ‘at-risk’ young men dream, achieve, and become healthy, successful adult. The platform was developed on the pillars of possessing good Self-esteem, Moral Character and Cultural Exposure. www.dukesfoundation.org

Contact: Tuqwan Jordan, Director, Public Relations email
dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org 404-419-6452

For Immediate Release

Students’ Writing Test Scores improves with Mentors help

Atlanta, Georgia – 3/24/2010 – Students from two of Atlanta’s Middle School made dramatic gains on the Eighth Grade Georgia Writing Assessment through the assistance of a special Academic Achievement Program hosted by The Dukes Foundation with the support of Horus Corporation. One of the participating institutions, Kennedy Middle School had eighty percent of their eighth graders to meet or exceed on the writing test and this is a fourteen percent gain from last year’s scores. Students from the other School, Coan Middle School who participated in Dukes Foundation sponsored program had a test score rate of ninety six percent. Eugene Davis, an eighth grade student at Kennedy Middle School commented “even though it was hard to give up my Saturday and Sunday to come to the writing workshop, it was well worth the sacrifice. The Mentors really gave me some additional concrete strategies to use in addition to the strategies my teachers had already given me.”

The special classes, which were held on Saturdays and Sundays, helped the students in preparation for the Georgia Eighth Grade Writing Assessment. Mentors administered them in late January from The Dukes Foundation led by CEO, Horace Dukes in collaboration with Academic Achievement Specialists, Kamau K. Mason of Horus Corporation to foster a better understanding of effective writing and expression. By incorporating ormula-based writing techniques utilised by successful law students, Horus Corporation has developed a method sound enough to be used by Middle and High Schools students to increase comprehension.’The results are a remarkable advancement over the previous year,’ remarked the Principal of one of the Schools. He has expressed his gratitude for the support of The Dukes Foundation and the positive impact of this program.

Dr. Bruce Williams, Chief Operating Officer of The Dukes Foundation is conferring with other program administrators including National Board Certified Educator, Mrs. Barbara Bieniemy and Mr. Solomon Jefferson to review plans to make this Program available to other Schools inviting Parents, Teachers and Students to experience the groundbreaking training of the Pathways Program For Writing which was designed by Horus orporation. Students will obtain techniques, practices and principles that contributes to the development of their skills as outstanding thinkers , writers and winnners.

DUKES FOUNDATION (CORPORATION) operates an active Youth Mentoring Services Program with the support of corporate entities and Philanthropic individuals. Utilizing their acronym D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem, the organization is committed to the application of their mentoring program to provide the tools, opportunities, and support to help talented ‘at-risk’ young men dream, achieve, and become healthy, successful adult. The platform was developed on the pillars of possessing good Self-esteem, Moral Character and Cultural Exposure. A Corporate Executive who serves on the Board of Advisors of The Dukes Foundation, Ian Ash expressed his delight in supporting the Foundation. He also remarked ‘ we are the custodians of the future of our youth , our legacy.’ This was echoed by another member of the Dukes Leadership Team, Entrepreneur & Realtor, Micki Esposito.

Contact: Tuqwan Jordan, Director, Public Relations, Dukes Foundation Corporation
Phone: 404-419-6452
email: dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org
Website: www.dukesfoundation.org

Educators honored with Tree Planting Ceremony
A stirring tribute made to a group of public servants deserving of honor

Atlanta, Georgia – 2/4/2010 – Four Distinguished Educators were honored with a Tree Planting Ceremony last Saturday in Atlanta to mark this year’s culmination of NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH. Their work as Mentors to the urban communities of East Atlanta was lauded by four organizations, Dukes Foundation, Trees Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools and the Southeastern Horticultural Society. Family and former colleagues were moved by the stirring tributes paid during the ceremony. This was followed by the planting of trees in their memory on the campus of Coan Middle School and witnessed by Mentees of the Dukes Youth Mentoring Program and a host of guests and onlookers. Their sterling contributions have elevated the academic and socio-economic standards in numerous communities.

This year’s honorees were Mrs. Rosa Barksdale-Ferrell, Mrs. Mildred Ball, Mrs. Linda Kaloostain and Mrs. Niyokia Hall. Collectively they gave over one hundred years of service to Education and Mentorship.

Chief Executive Officer of Dukes Foundation, Mr. Horace Dukes opened the ceremony. The Executive Director of Trees Atlanta Mrs. Marcia Bansley spoke of the importance of preserving the environment through Tree Planting. She expressed her organization’s delight in partnering with Dukes Foundation in honoring four distinguished Educators who were also outstanding mentors. Other speakers included Atlanta Public Schools’ Executive Director of SR III, Dr. Robin Hall, Coan Middle School Principal, Dr. Tonya Saunders and former Principal Dr. Gene Chandler. The Master of ceremony was Dr. Bruce Williams. Other distinguished guests included Dr. Carlton Clem, Ms. Micki Esposito, Dr. Carole Williams, Mr. Ian Ash, Mr. Jonathan Parris, Mr. Robert Bell, and Retired Principal. Mrs. Kyla Zaro-Moore of the Southeastern Horticultural Society led the planting of the four Nuttall Oak trees that was provided by TreesAtalanta.

DUKES FOUNDATION (CORPORATION) operates an active Youth Mentoring Services Program. Utilizing their acronym D.U.K.E.S, Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem, the organization is committed to the utilization of their mentoring program to provide the tools, opportunities, and support to help talented ‘at-risk’ young men dream, achieve, and become healthy, successful adult. The platform was developed on the pillars of possessing good Self-Esteem, Moral Character and Cultural Exposure. The CEO’S Philosophy is; “Self Esteem is the fuel that drives academic success. A child that is gifted and equipped but lacks self-esteem/self morale is destined to fail. On the other hand, a child with learning disability but embraced with good self-esteem/ self-morale will succeed.” Trees Atlanta is a citizens’ group which plants and conserves trees and educates the public about the importance of trees. Over 75,000 Trees have been planted and over 100,000 Trees are cared for by Trees Atlanta. The Southeastern Horticultural Society is a membership organization dedicated to promoting the knowledge, art and enjoyment of horticulture throughout the Southeastern United States. ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS and Sammye Coan Middle School provides students with a learning environment that nurtures growth and fosters positive academic, social, emotional and physical development.

Tuqwan Jordan
Dukes Foundation Corporation

Phone: 404-419-6452
Fax: 404-419-6452
Email: dukesfoundation@dukesfoundation.org
Web site: www.dukesfoundation.org

CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE FROM ALPHA PHI ALPHA GENERAL PRESIDENT/font>

Atlanta, GA April 28, 2009

Urban communities throughout the nation are plagued with fatherless homes resulting in severe moral decay, hopelessness, rampant disorder and high crime rate.  This is felt more severely here in Atlanta, Georgia where the jobs for teens leaving school is increasing hard to find as the current unemployment rate exceeds nine percent.

The urgent need in Atlanta is to combat the troubling epidemic of GANGS, JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND CRIME. To rid this international city of the troubling effects of this crisis requires efforts at the community level in the area of prevention. A lot have been said about the cause of escalating crime but little have been done to prevent the decay until the DUKES FOUNDATION YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM began to instill discipline and hope in the lives of TEEN BOYS.

Dukes Foundation, an Atlanta, Georgia based non-profit service organization offers hope and a new outlook on life to teenage boys through the D.U.K.E.S (Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem) Youth Development Mentoring Program. Founded by Educator Horace Dukes and supported by a diverse group of professionals in the fields of Business, Medicine, Education, Religion, Law and other critical disciplines.  This program is geared at improving social responsibilities, violence reduction, and elimination of gang participation, consequences of juvenile delinquencies, conflict resolution, physical wellness, and preparation for employment attainment & performance excellence and personal & academic achievement.

Participants are required to adhere to strict schedules and criteria to maintain their position in Workshops, Seminars, Tours of Colleges, Businesses, Museums, and Major Public Institutions. They are held accountable for their behavior through regular testing and display of their skills to panels of Mentors and Instructors.

A number of current and past Program Participants have started their new careers as successful writers, song composers, technology specialist and many other honorable capacities.

For further information contact 404-547-1906 www.dukesfoundation.org

Photo attached is part of 2008 Participant Achievement Program with CEO Horace Dukes

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ATLANTA CRIME REDUCTION SOLUTION

TEEN MENTORING A KEY FACTOR IN URBAN COMMUNITIES

 

 

 

Atlanta, GA   August 4, 2009

 

ATLANTA is under siege as a result of the troubling epidemic of YOUTH GANGS ACTIVITIES, JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND resultant ESCALATING CRIME.

The Headlines in the media over the last ten days have resulted in additional damage to the image of this International city (former host to Olympic Games.)

Discussions on addressing this problem are numerous however; few have mentioned and or supported the need to mentor young men in the inner city areas. Such a program would complement the efforts of the Police to reduce the level of crime.

Recognizing this need years ago a service organization quietly started mentoring young men in urban communities with tremendous success. This organization, DUKES FOUNDATION through it’s YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM began to instill discipline and hope in the lives of TEEN BOYS taking them off the streets and preventing them from becoming (negative) statistics.

Dukes Foundation, an Atlanta, Georgia based non-profit service organization offers hope and a new outlook on life to teenage boys through the D.U.K.E.S (Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem) Youth Development Mentoring Program supported by a diverse group of professionals in the fields of Business, Medicine, Education, Religion, Law and other critical disciplines.  This program is geared at improving social responsibilities, violence reduction, and elimination of gang participation, consequences of juvenile delinquencies, conflict resolution, physical wellness, and preparation for employment attainment & performance excellence and personal & academic achievement.

Participants adhere to strict schedules and criteria to maintain their position in Workshops, Seminars, Tours of Colleges, Businesses, Museums, and Major Public Institutions. They are held accountable for their behavior through regular testing and display of their skills to panels of Mentors and Instructors.

A number of current and past Program Participants have started (their new) careers as successful writers, song composers, technology specialist and many other honorable capacities.

In light of the recent developments we are reaching out to the Business and Civic Communities to lend support as we expand our programs to reach additional urban areas in Atlanta.

Contact 404-547-1906 www.dukesfoundation.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

URBAN TEENS GAIN LESSONS AT PLAY

THEATRICAL OUTFIT & BANK OF AMERICA FOUNDATION SPONSORS TEENS TO SEE KENNY LEON & TOM KEY Perform ATHOL FUGARD’S PLAY ‘BLOOD KNOT’

 

 

Atlanta, GA    August 5, 2009

While ATLANTA is experiencing negative headlines in the media over the last ten days about negative Teen activities and the City’s imposition of curfew, few mentioned and or supported the need to mentor young men in the inner city areas. Such a program would complement the efforts of the Police to reduce the level of crime.  Recognizing this need years ago a service organization quietly started mentoring young men in urban communities with tremendous success. This organization, DUKES FOUNDATION through it’s YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM began to instill discipline and hope in the lives of TEEN BOYS taking them off the streets and preventing them from becoming (negative) statistics.

Last Sunday several Participants of the Youth Mentoring Program of the DUKES FOUNDATION attended the noted play BLOOD KNOT, a Co-production of TRUE COLORS THEATRE COMPANY and TEATRICAL OUTFIT supported by Bank of America Foundation. They met backstage with acclaimed ACTORS KENNY LEON and TOM KEY. Also on hand were Stephanie Watkins, Vice Chairman and Jonathan Parris, A Director of THEATRICAL OUTFIT (respectively.) In a brief address Leon reminded the young men to follow the ideals of the late Mayor Maynard Jackson.

DUKES FOUNDATION’S C.E.O. HORACE DUKES expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to provide this level of exposure to the group of young men.

Dressed in dark pants and white shirts with the foundation’s crest the program participants gained the notice of other patrons. Some of who expressed their delight to see the display of discipline to other Foundation Board members Dr. Bruce Williams and Dr. Kevin Flythe.

Dukes Foundation, an Atlanta, Georgia based non-profit service organization offers hope and a new outlook on life to teenage boys through the D.U.K.E.S (Developing Urban Kids with Etiquette and Self-Esteem) Youth Development Mentoring Program supported by a diverse group of professionals in the fields of Business, Medicine, Education, Religion, Law and other critical disciplines.  This program is geared at improving social responsibilities, violence reduction, and elimination of gang participation, consequences of juvenile delinquencies, conflict resolution, physical wellness, and preparation for employment attainment & performance excellence and personal & academic achievement.

Participants are required to adhere to strict schedules and criteria to maintain their position in Workshops, Seminars, Tours of Colleges, Businesses, Museums, and Major Public Institutions. They are held accountable for their behavior through regular testing and display of their skills to panels of Mentors and Instructors.

Contact 404-547-1906 www.dukesfoundation.org

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

H MAKE ATLANTA A TRUE DIVERSE CITY

Atlanta, GA.  August 20, 2009

On Saturday August 29,2009 Youth from Atlanta’s Urban communities will visit the AMERICA I AM EXHIBITION (that showcases the lives of African-Americans during the segregation period.) at the Civic Center.

Gears are changed on Sunday, August 30,2009 when the predominantly African-American group of Youth worships at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Buckhead. A Church located in an upscale area with a record of outstanding missionary service.

This group of Youth is realizing their dreams of obtaining equal opportunity (living a clean life.) They expressed delight at being afforded the opportunity to attend  ‘BLOOD KNOT’, the story of two brothers of different races living in the same household. Actors Kenny Leon and Tom Key addressed them at a reception later that evening.

This is a remarkable sign that Atlanta is reaching its goal of becoming a true DIVERSE CITY with positive stories to celebrate.

An Atlanta based Non Profit organization, DUKES FOUNDATION mentors these youth and provide exposure for them monthly in areas that are otherwise inaccessible in their daily living. Through this Youth Mentoring Program the academic achievements levels of these youth have soared to great heights, their discipline and confidence levels have enjoyed similar upswing.

With a carefully developed calendar of activities these and other Youth (being selected to join the Mentoring Program) will assist in cultivating a better quality of life for their peers in the communities where they reside. The main objectives of the DUKES FOUNDATION are to improve academic achievements through continued focus on the importance of education to facilitate the improvement of quality of life. The other urgent matter being addressed is the development of an accelerated program to help in the reduction of violence committed by youth.

‘Help us rebuild our communities in metro Atlanta by supporting our efforts to expand our positive mentoring programs.’ This is the plea from Horace Dukes, Chief Executive Officer of the DUKES FOUNDATION.


    K&G FASHION SUPER STORE MENTORS YOUNG MEN IN DRESSING FOR SUCCESS
    K& G Fashion Super Stores will be conducting a Dress for Success Workshop
    on March 27,2010 for Mentees.  The Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard
    Superstore led by Store Manager Fabian Cushenberry will be hosting the
    Workshop.

    FOX THEATRE HOST MENTEES AT SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR PERFORMANCE
    Mentees were invited to see the South African based  Soweto Gospel Choir
    perform at the Fox Theatre on February 25,2010. This Internationally
    acclaimed group has garnered numerous prestigious awards.  The
    Director of Education Program at the Fox Theatre extended a special
    invitation to the mentees to broaden their cultural exposure. They were
    treated to rich harmonies, earthy rhythms, energetic dancing by
    performers in vibrant colorful costumes. The performance was preceded
    bya lecture on the origin of Gospel.

    SATURDAY PREPARATORY ACADEMY AT MOREHOUSE
    We are hosting Saturday Preparatory Academy at the Mathematics &
    Physics Department of Morehouse College twice monthly with the support
    of The Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated
    and Morehouse College Mathematics & Physics Department.

Parse error: syntax error, unexpected T_FUNCTION in /home/content/d/u/k/dukes1906/html/wp-content/plugins/form-maker/frontend/models/FMModelForm_maker.php on line 84