Young males in Baltimore have found a great friend in Cameron Miles, founder and director of Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood.

Since its inception in 1996, the program for 8 to 18-year-olds has provided exposure through campus visits to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Howard and Morehouse universities.

The Coppin alumnus, who also has a master’s degree in legal and ethical studies from the University of Baltimore, is an untiring advocate. He calls the young men “kings” and introduces them to successful Black men, making it clear that same success is an option for them.

Miles makes an extensive investment of his own resources, but as the program expands, so does the need. To give the community an opportunity to help, a fundraiser is being held on June 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the New Shiloh Family Life Center. Dr. Charles Ogletree, law professor at Harvard Law School is the keynote speaker for the event, intended to help fund this season’s trip to Delaware State University and other sites.

“We’re losing too many young people to the penal system, the cemetery and a life of drug addiction and confusion,” Miles said. “I am simply doing my part but takes support.”

For more information, visit www.mentoringmaleteens.org.