Community Leader Jesse A. Cole Hosts Conference for Youth

When Trayvon Martin's accused killer was acquitted in July, the verdict emotionally affected millions of people across the nation. One of those people is metro Detroit community leader Jesse A. Cole. Jr. So, Cole used his emotions to create something truly royal.

Cole's KING Camp Conference focuses on mentoring young men to enhance personal and professional development, so they may mature into royally refined adults-kings. The conference kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 2, 2013 at Whole Foods Market, located at 115 Mack Ave. in Detroit.

"I got tired of seeing our young men falling," says Cole, founder of the leadership initiative 1,000 KINGS. "I want them to walk away with a sense of direction and clarity to know that becoming a man is a journey."

Cole will mentor 25 young men ages 13 to 18 through a series of strategic plans to create a smoother transition into adulthood with "earn your crown" leadership skills, which include goal setting, developing a personal growth plan, leaving a leadership legacy and identifying a leadership style.

The four-week KING Camp Conference, which stands for Keep Investing in the Next Generation, also emphasis personal growth under the motto: "I am a KING. I add value to the world. I have self-control, self-respect and integrity. I am the master of the choices that I make. I will not blame others for my mistakes. I am responsible for my future, and I embrace my destiny. I am a KING."


Registration for KING Camp is online and open until Friday, Sept. 6. Cost is free.

KING Camp meets from noon to 2 p.m. each Saturday in September. Visit for more information.

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