This weekend, kids with incarcerated parents or relatives will get an opportunity to secure a mentor that helps them stay on the right path throughout the school year.
SoGiv, a nonprofit that sells footwear and apparel, and donates a portion of the proceeds to a worthy cause, is hosting the workshop “SoGiv-A-Mentor,” Saturday, 1 to-3 p.m. at 258 N. Merton St. The group is partnering with fellow nonprofit, Families of Incarcerated Individuals, for the event.
Edward Bogard, founder of SoGiv, said the event is targeting students aged 7- to 17-years-old.
“It's a long school year ahead, and having someone you can lean on or seek for advice can make all the difference in the world,” Bogard said. “We want to continue to do our part and make positive impacts on children's lives throughout the upcoming school year as much as possible. [We want to] let the children know to follow their dreams, because anything is possible.”
Bogard — along with guest facilitators Meko Yance, editor of BG Magazine, and Dr. David Acey, founder of Africa In April — will host breakout sessions that provide ways for kids to avoid going down a similar path as their incarcerated relatives.
There will also be lunch provided during the workshop, along with door prizes, and special performances by acoustic soul artist CC Hill, and R&B crooner AJAE Moore.
For more information, people can visit sogiv.org.