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fourteen years ago,
“I used to own an insurance agency. I was in banking and financial services. And I did well because I’m a people person, but it wasn’t fulfilling,” said the 53-year-old man.
The fulfillment Malcolm longed for began to come into his life when he made the bold decision to launch a menswear line (William Malcolm Luxe Collection) in 2009.
“I was always into fashion and design at a young age, but the people in my life who loved me and wanted to protect me would say I don’t know anyone who does this (fashion) professionally,” said Malcolm, who revealed how much he respected the designs his mother (Ernestine) made in her sewing room when he was growing up. “It was my wife (Tiffany) who heard me praying for my youngest daughter (Chelsea) and telling her she could be anything she wanted to be, who challenged me and asked: ‘When are you going to be what you want to be?’ My wife gave me her blessing and said, ‘I want you to pursue your passion.'”
But just as a good tailored suit requires a strong combination of shirt and tie, Malcolm felt driven to add even more flavor to his life as he unleashed his creative side. And for Malcolm, the perfect accompaniment to a career in fashion was becoming a mentor.
“It’s funny, but once you do something that’s your purpose, you find the energy to do other things,” Malcolm explained. “As I learned and worked through some tough times, it felt like I was making up for lost time. And I made a commitment that I wouldn’t want another young man doesn’t do what he’s passionate about, so I started coaching.”
After initially mentoring young adults, the costume and shoe designer found his perfect match as a mentor at the Frederick Douglass Academy For Young Men, a
“I was built for this,” said Malcolm, who is the
Recently, 15 of the 16 young men recruited by Malcolm to participate in the project’s intensive 15-month immersion program, which targets students entering ninth, tenth and final year, gathered at the
“I still have my LinkedIn Alerts active and this post came across as something I might be interested in,” said Berger, 30, who grew up in
“So now I have the ability to create all these interactive lessons, like the first day I teach them algorithms in our fundamentals of computing and they’re like, ‘Where are our laptops?’ And I said, ‘You don’t need computers to learn computer science.’ Then I took them to the basketball court and said “you’re a robot and you’re a programmer, program it to shoot” The robots couldn’t do anything without the programmer’s instructions , and lessons like that got them talking to each other, interacting with each other, and being less shy right from the start.”
Berger shared that she also likes to mix football into the day, which for her means playing quarterback when the young men play a game on the field behind the
“We have a community, and we are growing and we will continue to grow,” said
“I find it interesting how I can link to different websites, but what’s really fun is that I can do it with all my friends in there, because I can help people and they can help me,” Parnell said. , who expressed his desire to become a lawyer to “help people”.
“As a first generation, I can’t wait to meet new brothers next year and next summer,” said Patterson, an aspiring businessman or athlete, or both, who is entering ninth grade at
“In this program, by the end of the summer, we should have a website built and we should have a business that we want to start that will improve the community,” said Forrest, an 11th grader at
Forrest’s statement echoed the words of a CEO, and it would be
“I was aware
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