2017-10-14 / The Rock

I AM A M.A.N. Club launches at PHS

By Frank Garcia-Perez and Genuine Morris


Simon Justice, assistant principal and I AM A M.A.N. club advisor Simon Justice, assistant principal and I AM A M.A.N. club advisor This year, a new club has been introduced called I AM A M.A.N. It is an organization that helps young men in high school know how to be a man in the real world and how to tap into the inner man.

“I saw that there was a need to have a strong male group at the high school, which felt like a void that I wanted to fill,” said assistant principal and club advisor Simon Justice on organizing the club.

The goal of I AM A M.A.N. is to increase graduation rates, and help young men gain leadership, which will help in providing guidance to other young men.

“I hope to achieve that young men will get the understanding on how to become a man when they leave high school and be prepared for the real world,” said Justice.

The club will also participate in activities to benefit the school.

“We will have leadership seminars, events in which speakers will come in, and training activities in which club members will teach others how to be in a work setting.”


Michael Ferrell, teacher and I AM A M.A.N. mentor Michael Ferrell, teacher and I AM A M.A.N. mentor Justice also hopes that club members will become leaders at Person High School and in the community.

“Hopefully it will change the mindset of young men at the school and they will go out in the community and change the mindset of family members, neighbors, and other people they come in contact with.” Additional male teachers at Person High School have also volunteered to be a mentor in the club. Among these mentors are Michael Ferrell and Prentice Hargrove.

Hargrove and Ferrell had their reasons to volunteer to become a member.

“I joined because I like building positive relationships with young men and I like the opportunity to be a role model as well,” said Ferrell.


Prentice Hargrove, teacher and I AM A M.A.N. mentor Prentice Hargrove, teacher and I AM A M.A.N. mentor “I believe that people have a false thought that being a boy will make you a man one day and that age does not make you a man but how you handle life makes you a man,” said Hargrove. “I had mentors that helped me along the way to become a man so I see that I owe it to myself to give back and help the young high school boys to become men.”

They also have a lot to bring to the table for I AM A M.A.N.

“I can relate to high school kids on a very personal level because of my age,” said Ferrell.

“I bring experiences from all my successes and failures and a unique perspective on how to deal with things in life,” said Hargrove.

Justice said that he believes this club will be a success.

“I can see this club expanding out to other schools,” said Justice.

“I’m reaching out to companies, businesses, other organizations and celebrities and I will make sure that all the information that the members receive will help them to become men at Person High School,” said Justice.

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