DeKalb commissioner hosts male youth empowerment event

Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will partner with the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority to host the 2019 Lock-in for Life, a program designed to promote healthy relationships among middle and high school teen males, according to a press release.

The six-hour event will be held 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 6 at Berean Christian Church, 2201 Young Road, Stone Mountain.

This dynamic program was designed after taking a critical look at the needs of male students within DeKalb County schools and the unique challenges they face. The program seeks to fill the gap that a modern education may not be equipped to bridge.

“The Lock-in for Life has a core focus of youth empowerment, a process in which children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives,” Commissioner Cochran-Johnson said. “Youth can do this by addressing their situation, taking action to improve their access to resources, and transforming their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.”

In addition to promoting the mentorship of DeKalb County’s male youth, the event also will address bonding, social preparedness, soft skills, critical life skills and conflict resolution. Featuring an all-star cast of some of DeKalb’s most distinguished male professionals, civic leaders, attorneys and community members, attendees will participate in candid discussions on topics critical to their development as young men.

Topics of discussion include “Ignorance Is No Defense,” “Understanding the Consequences of Decisions,” and “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” During each panel discussion program participants will hear from distinguished panel members including nationally acclaimed poet and civic activist Hank Stewart; attorney Mawuli Mel Davis; DeKalb Board of Education member Diijon DaCosta; criminal attorney Dwight Thomas; retired DeKalb County Police Major K.D. Johnson; author Omar Howard; Judge Anthony Scott; Pastor Kerwin Lee; and attorney Derrick Bozeman of WAOK 1380 Radio.

Additionally, Kappa Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. will be on hand as event promoters and will engage in a Young vs. Old basketball game during the evening. The event will culminate with a discussion on social and emotional preparedness, led by Riverwood Behavioral Health.

Transportation is available for program participants.