Institution Supports Its Mission to Motivate, Encourage and Inspire Young African
American Men In The Chicagoland Community
CHICAGO (November 17, 2012)— Chicago State University, CSU, joins forces with celebrity
motivator, comedian and mogul Steve Harvey, for an inspirational weekend coined to
set a new standard for African American young men throughout the city of Chicago.
Steve Harvey, who is best known for being an international comedic sensation, the
host of the Steve Harvey Show and Family Feud, and his elaborate community service
efforts. This 3-day event will launch the Steve Harvey Mentoring Campaign, which will
introduce a new initiative that will drive the need for mentoring around the country.
The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend will take place Friday, November 16th to Sunday,
November 19th, 2012 at Chicago State University located at 9501 S. King Drive, Chicago,
The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program Weekend at CSU will consist of a weekend packed
with events and activities to empower and mentor the 100 young men and teens in attendance.
On Saturday, November 18th, 2012 from 2 pm to 6pm, the program will host a "Turkey
Give-A-Way" at CSU's stadium. During the 'Turkey Give-A-Way", Steve Harvey and volunteers
will distribute 1,000 turkeys to people in need. Of those 1,000 turkeys, the organization
will donate 100 of those, 50 each, to Austin People Action Center (APAC) and Chesterfield
Community Organization. On Sunday, November 19th, 2012 from 9am to 11:45am, Steve
Harvey will host a Q&A session for parents at the Breakey Theater. The Q&A will discuss
the topic of "Where
Do We Go From Here?" which will be followed by a message from CSU President, Dr. Wayne
The weekend festivities will be intertwined with CSU professors, counselors and the
University run African American Male Resource Center. "This program is aligned with
the University's mission and goals of the African American Male Resource Center. The
resource center was created to help reconnect and retain African American males, giving
them the access and appropriate skills to excel in higher education," said Dr. Wayne
D. Watson, Chicago State University's President. The center's focus is geared toward
retaining and graduating young African American men and empowering, inspiring and
mentoring them to achieve their maximum potential, empower their communities, and
develop their purpose.
"When CSU was approached by the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation to partner and
host this event, it was no question for us, it was a given", said Watson. "It clearly
aligns with the mission of the institution and our strategic plan which focuses on
more African American males obtaining degrees from CSU."
About Chicago State University
Chicago State University was founded in 1867 with just 62 students enrolled in its
first year. Today it is a nationally-accredited university with five colleges- Health
Sciences, Arts and Science, Business, Education, and Pharmacy – offering 36 undergraduate
and 25 graduate degree-granting programs. In addition, CSU has a
Division of Continuing Education and Non-Traditional Programs that reach out to the
community with extension courses, distance learning and not-for-credit programs. Consistently
evolving to reflect state-of-the-art trends in higher education, Chicago State University
prepares students for success in the twenty-first
century. For more information, please visit www.csu.edu.