BY JAMES HARPER
A community project geared toward steering boys in grades 4 through 9 in the right direction will be taking place every Sunday during the month of September beginning Sept. 9, according to the organizer of what is called the Disciple Boys Community Project.
Daytonan Mary Fears says this is the fourth time she has organized the project, which will take place at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church in Daytona Beach.
“The boys will meet and listen to outstanding successful African-American men in the community tell about their careers,” said Fears.
Fears said the objective of the project is “to inspire each boy to develop good moral character, to study and achieve in school, to set career goals, be punctual, honest, responsible and respectful.”
The motto of the Disciple Boys is Matthew 3:17: “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Fears said the primary goal of the project is to influence boys to adopt the scripture as the guide for their behavior throughout the remainder of their lives.
Fears said the boys will also learn the importance of being a Christian disciple, live healthy and be drug free.
Fears also said the boys hopefully leave believing in themselves, dreaming about the future, setting goals and having determination and perseverance.
The role models will speak to the boys starting around 4 p.m. for about an hour. After each session the boys will be treated to ice cream.
The program is free and non-denominational.
“This project is community wide. Together we can enrich the lives of many boys. Together let’s take action to develop young men of strong character,” concluded Fears.
Those interested in learning more about the project can contact Fears at 386-253-1516.