RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — Richmond Public Schools launched a mentoring program for young men of color on Saturday at the Science Museum on Broad Street.

The program is called Brothers United and is the first of its kind.

The city-wide initiative will pair African American students with African American community leaders to help build positive role models and relationships.

The mentors and mentees will be participating in fun learning activities.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney and Superintendent Jason Kamras attended the launch ceremony.

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Brothers United is created to help with not only their academic life, but with their social life as well so they become strong successful young men, said Stoney. That’s what it’s all about.

Stoney did add money in his budget plan for the mentor program to grow.

The program is part of Jason Kamra’s ‘Strategic Plan’ to build-up city schools and resources.

This is a specific example of how paying it forward and investing in the lives of young men of color will multiply, said Dr. Sade Harris, Chief Engagement Officer with RPS. I’m confident that these young mentors will be the next future scientist and your next future president.

Organizers hope to see the spread to all Richmond Public Schools.

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