As a dedicated community advocate, Tadean is constantly seeking to deliver on his commitment to make communal change. He works to expose youth to new realities and skills, while encouraging them to maximize their full potential and serve as change agents in their communities. At 24, he has dedicated his life to truly “walking the walk” of “First of all, servants of all…” Over the course of his college career, Tadean founded a scholarship that focuses on providing resources and tools that are beneficial to the holistic success of males from underserved and underrepresented areas. His initiative funds a $1,000 scholarship award each year, provides free college tours across the state of South Carolina for Black boys, resume and scholarship application assistance, and weekly motivational posts through social media.
When considering the lack of access to an equitable education system for males (and all students) in society, it is evident that there has to be increased initiative to better support black boys seeking to pursue higher education. The “I Am H.I.M.” (Humble. Intelligent. Motivated.) Scholarship has been established to help male graduates of Dillon High School achieve their education and career goals. The city of Dillon has a population of approximately 7,000 people. Statistics show that a number of students dropout in this small area before they even reach graduation. On the positive side, that dropout rate has decreased over the past few years, yet this type of positive news do not spread as quickly. Through the establishment of this scholarship fund, it is not only our goal to provide financial assistance where needed, but to also create a village and support system for the males in today’s society, instilling seeds of love, ambition, and knowledge.
As a result of Tadean wanting to serve his hometown and community, his efforts evolved into Motivating Males. Motivating Males is a platform that curates events, foster initiatives, and provides motivation, resources and information that results in the holistic success of males of color on a national scale. We invite you to connect with us via social media for the latest updates, events, and ways to support.
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