Next Level Leadership, a training organization for African American leaders, graduated 19 members of its inaugural class during a ceremony on April 27 at Foundation For The Carolinas. The class recently hosted Be Mindful: Saving our Black Boys, their capstone project that focused on teaching young men ages 8 to 18 “how to cope with their emotions better.” The class plans to continue it as an annual event after graduation.

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Class One graduates are Jamea Warren, Melanie Rice, Asia Evans, Abraham Steele-Jones, Tracie Campbell, Eryana Bailey, Cassandra Drakeford, William Hughes, Maurice Robinson, Sabrina Taylor, Chris Soloman, Camisha Farris, Travis Blackmon, Yulonda Burris, Dottie Stowe, Travis Jackson, Gary Young, Beverlee Sanders and Exodus Moon.