Henderson Ford presented a $1,750 check to The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring and Empowerment Initiative on March 20.
The program helps teens build character and improve their lives.
The local program was founded in 2015 by Super Bowl champion Roland Williams. The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring and Empowerment Initiative was designed to help Rochester’s teen crisis by working with participants and providing consistency along with support to push them to succeed in the classroom and in life.
“Our family has been friends with Roland for a long time,” said Henderson Ford General Manager Aki Henderson. “We see the passion he has to help mold young, successful adults and we want to assist with his efforts.”
Roland’s initiatives with youth are aligned with the decades of service the Henderson family and Henderson Ford have pursued. Time, talent and resources have been invested to support youth through programs which reward academic success behaviors through car giveaways, Young Entrepreneurs Academy investing and mentoring, annual book and toy drives, raising funds for the YMCA annual campaign, youth jail ministry, serving in an RIT Professorship role, mentoring University of Rochester Marketing students and sport team support.
The Champion Academy is open to students in need of mentorship in grades seven through 12. The program relies on nominations from teachers, administrators, police officers and others in the community.
The all-year-round program comprises summer orientation, e-mentoring, monthly meetups, community service, extracurricular activities, parent support, daily motivation, classroom checkups, strategic incentives, health and fitness education, exposure opportunities and member accountability. The next group of students will begin in July.
Visit ChampionAcademyRoc.org for more information.