“Neckties Make The M.A.L.E.S.”

IN THEIR NECKTIES Luis Almedina, 12, Kenneth Hernandez, 13, and Bryant Padilla, 12, walk the halls of Dr. Michael D. Fox School on their way to lunch earlier this month. They are member of Men Achieving Leadership, Excellence and Success, or M.A.L.E.S. It is a mentoring club at Fox in Hartford started by Ashon Avent, the school’s behavior technician. Avent was a founding member of M.A.L.E.S. while a student at Eastern Connecticut State University. The students wear ties on Wednesdays, the group’s meeting day. (MARK MIRKO | mmirko@courant.com)

Ashon Avent is an enterprising stonecatcher.

Hartford Courant reporter Vanessa De La Torre’s excellent and inspiring article “Neckties Make The M.A.L.E.S.” tellsstory of Avent’s program to develop leadership skills in the young men at Hartford’s M.D. Fox School. It’s a must read. It starts with a tie.

Don Shaw, Jr.
Write and Editor

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