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Innovative Leadership Program for Black Boys Formerly Held at Princeton University Is Now an Online Summer Program

Actors Danny Glover and Delroy Lindo are keynote speaker and program chair, respectively

New York, NY — Now more than ever, the strength and well-being of the African- American community is dependent upon its leadership. Rev. Toby Sanders is spearheading an #AllInTogether movement among young minority men.

In an effort to forge more Black male leaders in business, the arts, social justice, and the sciences with the values and innovative insight to address vital global issues, Sanders is introducing The Fire Online Distance Learning Program (TFO). It is a program of At the Well Conferences, Inc.(ATW), a non-profit organization created by CEO Jacqueline Glass-Campbell. FTO The Fire Online will expand the reach and impact of From The Fire Leadership Academy that was housed at Princeton University the last two years. It was the country’s most innovating summer enrichment experience for young men of color.

In accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines set forth by Phil Murphy, governor of New Jersey, along with organization’s concern for the well-being of students and families, Sanders and Glass-Campbell cancelled the original program formerly held at Princeton University. Now, students from across the country have the opportunity to receive the same prestigious and life-changing curriculum and mentoring experiences online. FTO will be the gateway experience for all of the programs offered by the leadership academy going forward. Its impact will be transformative.

TFO is a two-week online summer program held July 19-24, 2020 and July 27-31, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Applications are currently available online at AtTheWellConferences.org. There is no application fee.

Rev. Sanders is the academy’s founder and director of curriculum. He is an adult education specialist, adjunct professor and social activist for educational and economic justice.

Minority students in the tenth and eleventh grades from diverse socio-economic backgrounds who seek academic enrichment, professional inspiration and are committed to uplift underserved communities are encouraged to apply to the program. It will be a transformative experience they will never forget.

Students will participate in a rigorous curriculum focused on social justice and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). The courses include college-level reading comprehension, critical writing, leadership development, team building, social problem researching and presentation skills. Teachers range from Princeton University scholars, as well as, exemplary professional thought leaders and emergent intellectuals in history, education and the social sciences.

This year, actor and director Delroy Lindo (Malcolm X, Lackawanna Blues, This Christmas, Da Five Bloods) is the Program Chair. He received a Tony nomination for August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and a NAACP Image Award for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. He can be seen on CBS’ The Good Fight.

Oscar-nominated Actor, Producer and Humanitarian Danny Glover will be the keynote speaker. He is an international civil rights, human rights and political activist. Glover also co-founded Louverture Films, which is committed to developing film projects with artistic integrity and historical relevance.

To apply for The Fire Online Distance Learning Program, please visit: www.atthewellconferences.org.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the board of At the Well Conferences, Inc. has made the difficult decision to cancel From the Fire 8th and 9th Grade Weekend Intensive at Princeton University. The weekend program is now available as part of The Fire Online Distance Learning Program, and will be held July 31 – August 2, 2020.

For more information about The Fire Online Distance Learning Program and the 8th & 9th Grade Online Distance Learning Program, please contact Rev. Toby Sanders at: 609-213-0545 or tobysand@gmail.com.

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