2013 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project Scholarship Recognition Ceremony

5000 Role Models of Excellence Project Founder Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson is joined by Role Model Lt. Joseph Schillaci, City of Miami Police, Role Model Robert Parker, Consultant, and Role Model Chief Ian Moffett, Miami-Dade Schools Police, as she presents a plaque to keynote speaker Role Model Paul V. Wilson, Administrative Director, Labor Relations, Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

About The 5000 Role Models

Founded by then Miami-Dade County School Board Member Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, U.S. House of Representatives – District 24 (FL), the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project was initiated by the Miami-Dade County School Board in March 1993, due to the realization that there is an ongoing crises in the lives of many young males. The project’s mission is to intervene in the lives of at-risk boys, in order to provide them with alternatives that will lead them away from a life of crime and violence.

In these times, many men are banished from the American economy and faced with choosing the drug market for survival (Essence, 1994), which increases violence in schools and society in general. Many of the former school fistfights are now gunfights. A large part of this escalation is because parents are not taking responsibility for their children’s actions and because positive male role models are absent. We agree, society should insist that parents be held accountable for their children’s actions and education. But who will assume responsibility for the “at-risk” youngsters, who have no parents or positive role models in their lives? Read more on the mission of the 5000 role models and visit the site…