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Community Praise Empowers Black Male Mentorship, Alexandria City Public Schools, Melvyn Warfield, Servolution Ministry, Siobhan Gordon-Mould,

Community Praise Empowers Black Male Mentorship

Story by Debra Anderson

In response to a call for Black male mentorship by Alexandria City Public Schools, the men of Community Praise Church (CPC) recently took a proactive stance. Led by Pastor Melvyn Warfield, CPC made a significant impact by showing up in full force with 22 mentors, including Warfield, for a public mentoring event aimed at Black male students in grades 6–12.

The young people who took part in the event interacted with mentors, talking about different aspects of life and exploring topics such as etiquette, career aspirations and financial literacy. It was easy to feel the excitement that permeated the room, as mentors and mentees formed bonds through meaningful conversations and laughter, producing an environment that was upbeat and encouraging.

Reflecting on the event, Warfield emphasized the church’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of leaders and the profound impact of the collaboration between CPC and the local community. He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve and learn from the young participants, acknowledging their role in blessing the church as well. “It was a tremendous privilege for CPC to partner with Alexandria City Public Schools to impact the lives of the young men in the mentorship program,” he says. “We were immensely blessed by their enthusiasm, reminding us of the importance of growth and learning in community.”

One of the most important factors that led to the church’s participation in the mentorship event was the Servolution Ministry of CPC, led by Siobhan Gordon-Mould. Through community outreach and service, the ministry is committed to serving the community. As stated by Gordon-Mould, “CPC aims to make a meaningful difference ‘beyond the walls’ of the church by demonstrating the practical application of the gospel through tangible acts of kindness and mentorship.” Gordon-Mould views activities such as these as opportunities to bridge the gap that exists between the church and community.

Drawing inspiration from Matthew 25:34–36, which emphasizes the importance of compassion and service to others, CPC views events like the mentoring program as a manifestation of their faith in action. The seeds of guidance and encouragement planted in the hearts of these young men are expected to bear fruit in the future, say church leaders.

Ultimately, the mentoring event organized by CPC serves as a testament to the transformative power of mentorship and community involvement. By investing in the lives of young Black males, CPC is not only enriching individuals but also contributing to the broader mission of building a stronger, more resilient community for generations to come.

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